A few years ago we had two tomato plants that refused to die. They would remain bare during the winter but during the rest of the year they produced a plethora of plump juicy tomatoes for our eating pleasure. Every time I went outside and saw those perennial plants putting out the goods it brought a smile to my face.
I enjoy a good tomato, but there’s nothing like a fresh, home grown tomato from my own backyard. I love the way it tastes and I even love the way it smells. It’s mine and for some strange reason I get this strange sense of parental accomplishment every time those babies are brimming with buds. Whenever I saw those things flourishing with fruit, I knew I would have plenty to give away and that made me proud in a strange sort of way.
In John 15, Jesus tells us He is the vine and we are the branches. We are completely dependent upon the Lord if fruit is going to be found dangling from the branches of our lives. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Apart from Him, no fruit is produced.
He tells us that our Heavenly Father is glorified when we bear “much” fruit. He delights when His children are fruity.
I know it’s really a lame parallel, but I couldn’t help but think about how happy those silly tomatoes made me. The Lord not only delights in finding fruit in our lives, He is glorified by the fruitiness of our lives. The primary purpose for our own existence is fulfilled when we bear much fruit because that glorifies our Father.
When our branches are full, there’s plenty to go around. The fruit coming forth from our own lives nourishes those around us and God uses the overflow of fruit in our lives to pour into the places of need in the lives of others.
Today, I began thinking about my own fruit or lack thereof. Am I really bearing enough fruit to make my Father smile? Am I as fruity as I should be? If not, then I have nothing to give to others. If not, then I’m obviously not abiding in His as I should.
What about you? Are you bearing fruit? Can others be nourished by the abundance of fruit in your life? Are you abiding in Him as you should?
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