Waste – it is a big deal. Every day in society we waste. We produce, we present, we taste, and we waste. We waste opportunities. Great opportunities come along and sometimes we waste them. I don’t have all the answers as to why, but we do. Some say we have become a throw-away society. My brothers and I wasted a lot of fruit during our fruit battles in the alley behind our home.
It is the same thing with bearing fruit for Jesus. We bear fruit, but how often do we waste it? How often does it fail to make a difference in people’s lives?
Is the fruit you’re bearing making a difference?
Think of it this way – When I go to the store, I look for the most appealing fruit. I do not want to buy the unripened, nasty looking one, the one with big dents, odd shapes, and funny looking colors. I want the best one. I am thumping the melon, listening for the sound of ripeness. I’ll admit, I have no idea what a ripe sound on a melon is, but I look masterful standing there.
When people look at us, will they see big dents, odd shapes, and immature fruit, or will they see fruit that is appealing, something they want? Will they wonder who the gardener was when they look at our fruit, when they look at us? Will they want the fruit we have to offer? Will the fruit we have to offer be fruit that glorifies God, or will it glorify ourselves and society?
Lord, my prayer is that we would not be wasteful. My prayer is the fruit we produce would be useful, fulfilling, appealing and something someone would want. My prayer is the world would want to know who our gardener is. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.
Standing on the fruitful promises,