Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 28, 2015

Fruitful

cb devo july 28“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” John 15:16 (NIV)

When I arrived at the home of my friends, the husband was replacing the mulch on their flower beds. The wife was hard at work in her vegetable garden, harvesting all the goodies that they had planted earlier in the season. I observed how they diligently worked the soil and trimmed leaves and vines with the artistry and expertise of knowing how to get the best from their plants.

I was amused at my friends’ dedication to their plants and was amazed at how those plants responded by yielding so much fruit. Within minutes of my arrival, my friends went inside their home to fix dinner for us. Along with them was a basket full of tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, parsley and chives. The table was plentiful with the fruit of their garden.

Amazing how the fertile ground can yield so many good things that feed us and help us stay healthy. Nevertheless, someone must take the time to prepare the soil, plant the seeds and take care of the new plants so that weeds and critters won’t destroy them. The garden’s caretaker must devote many hours nurturing his or her project in order to see the harvest.

As Christians, we are like those gardeners. We must carefully prepare the soil in someone else’s heart in order to plant the seed of salvation. If we treat people kindly and show them the love of God, they will be more receptive to what we share. If we do not take the time to nurture them and show that we really care, they probably will not listen and may not be open to receive what we share. Likewise, a new believer is like a baby that must be cared for 24/7 by its mother. With the proper care and spiritual feeding, the new Christian will grow spiritually and be aflame for God and bear much fruit, also sowing seeds for the kingdom.

“Lord, please help us to be fertile soil and yield good fruit for Your kingdom.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

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