What kind of fruit are you producing?
What kind of fruit are you producing? Is it indeed good fruit from God's perspective? Are you doing things that God would think are fruitful? That is quite an interesting question. All of us have to answer that one individually. I can only speak for myself when I say that I have not even begun to scratch the surface. I have so much work to do. You know how Maslow has his hierarchy and at the top is self actualization. I guess in some ways that is exactly what I am talking about. Not necessarily producing fruit from our perspective but being able to produce good fruit from God's perspective. That is something that is completely different from what we may regard as fruitful. For instance, let's say an onlooker was looking into your life and he saw you doing some really nice things for your friends and family. That seems like a good thing right? It is a good thing but God would say that is an easy and an expected thing to do. Jesus says that it is easy to be good to those you have a bond with. The real challenge would be being kind to a stranger. Someone who you do not know and have never met. Similar to the Good Samaritan in the Bible. You know you never know what another is going through unless you can walk in their shoes. The world can be so judgmental without any understanding or compassion of and for another person's dilemma, condition or plight. Love one another sounds easy enough but do we really do that from God's view and His perspective? He loves us so much so that He goes to the cross for us. Contemplate what this world would be like if people treated each other with kindness, love, patience, forgiveness and understanding like God does for us so very easily each and every day. Yet, we have a difficult time even showing respect for our fellow man in the simplest of situations like driving, shopping, getting a closer parking space, waiting in line, etc., etc., etc. As a human race we have really become extremely selfish and quite pathetic. It is always about ourselves. I am not saying good works will save you because they certainly will not. They should actually be automatic. Belief in Jesus Christ and repentance are what saves you. I am not talking about being a volunteer but actually being a worker. God will indeed provide those opportunities. Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. So if you ever find yourself really wanting to bear good fruit ask yourself again what would Jesus do and also what would Jesus have me do? What is it in my life that I can do that would actually be pleasing to God. The answer as most answers lies within your heart. So the next time you are given an opportunity to bear fruit do your best to be pleasing to God as it will bring peace to you that few ever get to actually experience. Jesus says when you have done it for the least of you; you have done it for Me. It really does not get any better than that. The reward will be manifest in the work itself. We really do have an amazing God. Here are some verses on bearing fruit:
Psalms 1:3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth it's fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Jeremiah 17:8 But it's leaf shall be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
James 3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Luke 13:8 Sir let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.
Matthew 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
God bless always.