Produce Fruit

I can remember visiting my mother’s grandfather when I was a very young boy.  The one thing that has remained in my memory from those visits (besides the fact that my great-grandmother had about fifty cats) was the peach trees in his back yard.  I can remember how excited I was to go there when the fruit had ripened and we could pick a peach right off the tree and eat it.  There is something about getting to eat fruit that is that fresh.  As I think about that, I wonder … “What kind of fruit will my life produce today?

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Psalm 92:13-14).  According to this verse, there ought to be fruit being produced in our lives all throughout our years.  From the time we are planted, until the time we become old and fat (sorry about the “fat” part … I didn’t write it).  There are some very important things mentioned here that speak to the production of fruit in our lives.  First, is that we ought to be planted in the house of the Lord.  I’m not saying this is the local church, but it certainly refers to being planted in a place where the Lord is exalted and displayed.  I want to be in a place like that on a regular basis.  Today we are blessed to have churches that preach and teach the Word of God.  Find one and commit yourself to it.

The second thing is says here is that our fruit should be visible in the courts, or outside the house of the Lord.  I want my light to so shine that men may see my good works and glorify my Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).  I want to have testimony that is such that the fruit of my life is evident to those looking.  When we went to my great-grandfathers house and it was not the season of harvest for the peaches, I remember thinking about the time the fruit would be ready and dreaming about it.  I want to walk with God so closely today that God will touch my heart with things that will produce fruit for Him, even into my “old” age.

When the psalmist talked about bringing forth fruit in our old age, I believe he was saying that we ought to be fruit-producers all the way through out lives.  In other words, if I am breathing, I should be doing something that will count for God.  Don’t live your life today in a selfish way that only provides benefits for you.  Live full out for God.

I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” – Jesus

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