by Pastor David Grey
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.” — John 15:16
I was looking through the Gurney’s spring catalog the other day, practically drooling over the pictures of luscious raspberries and other fruits.
Then I thought of my own raspberry plot and the comparatively pitiful fruit it produces.
The difference between those I see in the Gurney’s catalog and those produced in my own raspberry bed can be summed up in one word, care.
Luscious fruit is produced when great care and attention is given to the plants needs. My raspberry bed does not produce because I simply do not do what I know I ought to do to produce a good crop.
I do the right things with our apple trees and each year harvest bushels of wonderful apples. But my raspberries suffer from neglect.
Jesus said that it is similar to this in our Christian lives. Many suffer from sheer neglect.
Just as every fruit-bearing plant was created to bear fruit, God says that we too have we been chosen to bear fruit.
It is the purpose for which we have been called into the Kingdom. As with any plant, the fruit we produce depends in large part upon the care given. We must be careful to feed upon those things the spirit life within us needs in order to grow and flourish.
The Word of God, prayer and meditation upon the good things of God feed that life. They strengthen it and cause it to grow and produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).
But there is another important consideration, as well. Not only must we feed our Spiritual life what it needs, but we must get rid of those things that compete with that life for sustenance.
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