Have you ever picked fruit off the vine too soon? Did you enjoy that raw fruit? I can almost guarantee that you wished you had waited. The taste, the texture, probably even the color-everything was off or “green”. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”. All things require a time of ripening. In due time, we will reap the enjoyment of what has been planted.
As Christians we are expected to produce fruit. The Bible lists the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” The honest people reading this will admit that their fruit didn’t “ripen” immediately after salvation. The even more honest people will tell you that there are days when they still are enticed by their flesh to forget a few of them.
The Bible explains in Matthew 7:16-20 that “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” In other words, you won’t reap what you haven’t sown. Goodness, or evil, will show because of what you’ve planted on your insides.
What kind of “fruit” are you bearing right now? Everyone is in a rush for life to resume to normal. But stop for a moment and ask, “What am I planting during this season of change?” Are you planting seeds of doubt, frustration and discord to those around you? Are you sowing seeds of joy, trust in God and faithfulness in spite of the circumstances? There will be a reaping at the end of this quarantine season. Don’t rush it and get raw fruit. Also, be careful about bruising the fruit while it is developing.
Has your fruit been bruised by another’s words or actions? Good news for you: bruised fruit often puts off the most fragrance.
Final thought for today: Fruit is something that you have to use in a fairly timely manner once it’s ripened. You either use it to feed yourself, your kids or your neighbors. If you don’t use it or give it away to someone else to use within a few days it will spoil. Think of your works as the fruit of your labor. It will spoil if you don’t use it.
Serve God during this time using the “fruit” that He’s instilled in you. Pass it along. Don’t allow it to sit and spoil.