God teaches lessons from the most unexpected places.
Recently I’ve taken up gardening. It’s really therapeutic to take care of something that started from just a seed, see it sprout, grow, and hopefully bear fruit. Just like the parable of the sower that the 4Soils name is based on.
In the past couple of weeks, I was really happy to see that my tomato and pickle plants from the garden balcony of our apartment has grown really tall!
But then I remember saying out loud – when is it going to bear fruit?! because I can’t wait to actually have some fresh homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers.
That’s when my husband remarked, “that’s what God says to us too!” And how true. While God loves to see growth, when our faith is just a seed that’s planted, and in the beginning that’s his primary concern: that we grow strong, eventually if we only just keep growth (attending Bible study, going to sermons) but don’t display fruit, He will say, where’s the fruit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23
I hope that I will not only be good soil, and grow, but also bear fruit.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. – Matthew 13:8
Are you bearing fruit? or just simply growing?