December 26, 2016
Bear Much Fruit
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
One of the first trips I ever took with Lori's family was to visit her grandparents in Kansas. On the way to Galva, I experienced a family tradition--stopping at an orchard to pick peaches. It was a hot day, but I assumed this was a "test," and I was determined to fill up the most baskets even if it meant risking life and limb to climb to the top for the juiciest fruit. I don't remember how many baskets of peaches I picked, but I do remember getting back in the car sweaty and itchy!
Picking peaches isn't rocket science, but there are two primary rules for the astute picker. First, locate the trees packed with peaches; and two, get there before other pickers. There's no time to waste on the puny trees with sparse fruit. The good trees are loaded. Those are the ones you want. Those are the ones Jesus wants as well.
Using an agrarian analogy, Jesus said that "loaded" trees bring glory to the Father. When the Spirit is at work within the believer, when the believer knows what they are built to do, they will "bear much fruit." By our fruit, we will show ourselves to be true followers of Jesus. Puny trees with sparse fruit impress no one. People are attracted to the productive trees. And when they partake
of the "fruit" of our lives, God gets the glory.
Father, in our homes, places of work, schools, neighborhoods, and churches, may we be seen as people who bear much fruit for you. May you always receive the glory for the fruit we produce. In Jesus' name. Amen.