God Likes Fruit
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Strange as it may seem, some people don’t like fruit. Bananas, apples, oranges, grapes – offer whatever you like, but they will all be met with rejection. God, however, loves fruit! In fact, fruitfulness pervades everything He does and looks for.
From the very beginning, God’s purpose was that His creation should be fruitful. God told the living creatures He had made, "Be fruitful and increase in number" (Genesis 1:22). He made human beings and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it." (Genesis 1:28). He promised Abraham, "I will make you very fruitful" (Genesis 17:6). The psalmist knew that the righteous are "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season" (Psalm 1:3). Ezekiel saw a vision of God’s kingdom in which trees would grow and "their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail" (Ezekiel 47:12). Jesus promised his disciples that they would "go and bear fruit" (John 15:16). Paul told Christians that it was the most natural thing in the world to bear "the fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22). And as the Bible closes its pages, describing God’s new creation, we find "the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month" (Revelation 22:2).
Got the message? God likes fruit! It runs through His purposes for His people from start to finish. And if God likes fruit, then it must mean that bearing fruit for Him is not difficult – it is part of His purpose for our lives and is as natural as anything. So don’t believe the enemy’s lie that you can’t be fruitful. God likes fruit – and He promises that you, too, will be fruitful for Him.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. (Psalm 92:12-14)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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