Bearing Fruit for God’s Glory-July Meditation
“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world–just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” – Colossians 1:3-6 (NIV)
By Dr. Rick Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President
My Daddy had a garden every year while I was growing up. As I got older, I became the one who tilled, planted, weeded and harvested the myriad of vegetables it produced. My other siblings were not interested in participating or helping out, yet they always enjoyed the fruit of my labor.
Today, I still have a garden and really enjoy the time I spend working with it. In many ways, it has become therapy for me. As a teenager, I was resentful that I worked so hard and received little to no help from my siblings. That changed as I got older.
It is exciting to see the first tomato ripen on the vine during the last days of June and the first days of July. I now enjoy giving away to my neighbors out of the abundance my garden produces while expecting nothing in return.
Understanding God’s grace in all its truth is not something that happens overnight. Living a sanctified life is an ongoing process by which the Holy Spirit works within you, allowing you to bear fruit to others. It does not mean you are perfect; it means that Jesus is working in your life to be a blessing to others for the transformation of the world.
Planting the seeds of the gospel of Jesus Christ in another person’s heart does not always bear fruit that same day. Sometimes it takes days, weeks, or even years before the seed germinates. Paul realized this as he made his way on his extensive missionary journeys. The seeds that he planted produced churches all around the world that are still bearing fruit.
I am still in the process of understanding God’s grace in all its truth. As my faith matures, I realize that I’m planting and becoming the fertilizer for those with whom I share the gospel. Isn’t this an interesting concept?
Paul shared with the church in Corinth, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Lord, let it be so in me!