Those pesky fruit flies. I do love bringing in fresh tomatoes from the garden this time of year. By the way, one prolific (I know, it’s a big word) cherry tomato plant can produce 27,000 tomatoes. Well, almost. They’re good but not for a tomato sandwich. Anyway, I spread my tomatoes out on newspaper on a table in my kitchen and the fruit flies think it’s an invitation to invade my home.
And speaking of gardens, they sure do take a lot of effort. You have to prepare the soil, plant, feed, water, and weed. Those pesky weeds. Slack off just a little and they think it’s an invitation to invade the garden.
Greg Laurie, a pastor I love to listen to out in California, http://www.harvest.org/ says “If you are a Christian, then people should be able to look for—and find—fruit in your life. Why? Because a disciple of Jesus Christ will produce spiritual fruit. Jesus said, ” ‘My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father’” (John 15:8 NLT). Jesus also said, “‘By their fruits you will know them’” (Matthew 7:20 NKJV).”
Just what is spiritual fruit? Essentially, it is the character of Jesus. And there is no better way to describe it than love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 – ) All of it. You can’t just cherry pick the ones you like. Winning others to Christ. Helping others grow spiritually. Sharing what God has blessed us with. Praising and thanking God. Growing in knowledge of our Savior. All examples of spiritual fruits. (Side note -did you know that tomatoes are actually fruit?)
Producing spiritual fruit does not just happen and it doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes a lot of effort. You have to prepare your heart to receive God’s plan for you, which often means removing thorns and rocks and other things not conducive to growing. You must plant the Word of God in your heart and feed and water your soul with prayer, bible study, fellowship and the hearing of God’s Word. If you’re not careful to stay on top of this, those pesky weeds of sin just pop up before you know it.
God doesn’t ask us to be perfect. We’re going to have pesky little fruit flies and weeds. He’s just looking for the one who desires to live a life for him. Start preparing the soil of your heart today to produce the fruit for a bountiful harvest in God’s kingdom.