. . . posts on faith and life
Jesus instructed His disciples in discernment by telling them that they would know the difference between a ‘good’ tree and a ‘bad’ tree by its fruit (Luke 6:43-44). He said a seed that landed in good soil would bring forth fruit (Matthew 13:8), and He cursed a fig tree for failing to bring forth fruit (Matthew 21:19). He said that it was His glory (and ours too) to bear fruit, and that this fruit could only come about in death (John 12:24). And He encouraged us to abide Him, for it is the only way we can bear fruit (John 15:2-5). So, with all this talk about fruit what is its real purpose in our lives?
I think it is for one chief reason–fruit is tasty! I mean, it is also nutritional. It does have some caloric value, but not a whole lot. You could live on fruit alone, but you sure would have to eat a lot of it! Above all else fruit is simply enjoyable. If we continue to abide in Christ (John 15:2-5) we will find ourselves walking in the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4) and we will also find God growing in us the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). And it is through the tasty fruit of the Spirit that God tempts unbelievers to partake in his goodness. Thus, David proclaimed, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalms 34:8).
Okay, okay enough Scripture references. But it is true! God wants to grow fruit in us. It is what we were created to do. Nothing fulfills us more than bearing fruit. And nothing gives God more glory than the fruit He is able to bring forth in our lives. So what is my role? Can I grow fruit in my life? Nope. Think about it, imagine a seed ‘deciding’ it would grow its fruit one day. Can you see that little seed straining, pushing, pulling, doing everything it can to make fruit pop out? That’s how we look sometimes. No, all a seed can do is surrender–surrender itself to the earth, to the natural cycles of life, hoping it was one of the lucky 25% that landed in good soil, but knowing it may likely be choked by thorns or scorched by sun. Yet, ready and willing to surrender its shell in a springing-forth of a life-giving, death. Pretty simple don’t you think? And sounds kind of familiar too, yes? It is a picture of the Christ, and that puts you in good company.