Wasted Fruit

Waste – It’s a big deal

We produce, we present, we taste and we waste.

We welcome opportunities and make the best of everyone. But then there are times, we waste those same opportunities. Great opportunities come along, and sometimes we misuse them, we misunderstand their purpose. I don’t have all the answers as to why, but we do. Some say we have become a throwaway society.

As a young girl, my brothers and I wasted a lot of fruit during our fruit battles in the alley behind our home. Today, we are looking at how we waste fruit, the fruit Jesus asked us to bear.

What does wasted fruit have to do with Jesus?

We can waste the fruit Jesus has asked us to bear.

How do we waste fruit?

By being ineffective or wasting those growth opportunities.

We can also bear fruit and be very useful, but how often does it get wasted? How often does it go unaffected or affect people lives?

Is the fruit you’re bearing for Jesus making a difference in the life of someone else? In your life?

Let me explain

Think of it this way – When I go to the store, I look for the most appealing fruit. I don’t want to buy fruit that isn’t quite ripe, nasty looking, or has big dents, odd shapes, and funny looking colors. The best fruit is what I desire. When I reach the melons, I pick one up and give it a good thump, listening for the sound of ripeness. Admittedly, I have no idea how a ripe melon sounds, but I look masterful standing there.

What do people see when they look at us?

Will they see big dents, odd shapes, or immature fruit? We hope they see the fruit that is appealing, something they want. That’s what Jesus is asking us to do – to bear fruit, fruit that will last.

We want them to wonder who the gardener is when they look at our fruit.

Will they want the fruit we have to offer? And will the fruit we have to provide them be fruit that exalts God or glorifies you?

Let’s pray

Lord, I pray that we would not be wasteful. My prayer is the fruit we produce would be useful, fulfilling, appealing and something someone wants. My prayer is the world would want to know who our gardener is, the one responsible for the growth. In your Sons name, I pray, Amen.

In His Service
Jeanette Duby, The Teaching Lady

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