We’d like to introduce you to a new member of our writing team. Vonda Sellers is a Child of God, Wife, Mom, Sister and favorite Aunt to her nieces and nephews. She is an avid reader with a great desire to deepen her relationship with God. She has a loving servant heart and has graciously agreed to share some of her life’s journey with us.
Something to Contemplate:
Psalm 1:3 “That person (who delights in the law of the Lord) is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither – whatever they do prospers.”
What does it mean to bear good fruit in season? Our thoughts about bearing spiritual fruit often tend toward our need to be connected to the vine to bear good fruit. John 15:4 says, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
But there is more to be pondered. What about being intentional with timing too? Certain fruits are ready at certain times of the year. It’s risky to buy a peach in January because it won’t taste good. Everyone knows a crisp, fall apple is something to savor. Timing is important. How might this apply to our lives in Christ?
Are you disappointed that your life doesn’t seem to be bearing the spiritual fruit you thought it would? You want to see more growth in yourself. I have definitely had this thought, “God could you hurry up and grow me into maturity already?!?” Perhaps you aren’t in a season of obvious fruitfulness. Perhaps you are in a season meant for preparation, growing roots, pruning, flowering or being fallow. We can’t expect to be producing fruit at all times. Fruit is only ripe for the picking for a short time, once a year. We can’t skip the seemingly barren, boring or laborious steps of preparation and dive headlong into a bountiful harvest.
In this day and age of Instagram and Pinterest and podcasts, I think we can become afraid that what we are doing isn’t grand or obvious to the masses. God doesn’t use everyone in a grandiose way. Romans 9:21 says, “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” Trust God’s use of you. Listen for His direction. Don’t be discouraged that you feel you’ve only offered up one little apple when the next tree over is having a bumper crop. It’s all important. It all has a purpose.