I went for a walk the other afternoon. Supposedly a winter day, it was balmy and faintly sunny instead. The fresh air was perfect for an afternoon break.
I walked up the hill, head down, intent on measuring my steps so I wouldn’t be out of breath. I did a pretty good job. The view at the top was refreshing, as always.
But on the way back down the hill, I noticed an apple tree. Of course, at this time of the year, its branches should be bare. But this one had dead fruit sparsely stuck to branches. I could only think how sad that this fruit had gone to waste.
God Gave You Fruit
Every one of us has God-given talents. He intends us to identify them and develop them. Some results from our talents are for our own enjoyment. I imagine that our Father God sits beside us as we play an instrument when no one is around because we love beautiful music. Or write in a journal that only we (and He) will see. Or any other talent developed for His glory. This is good fruit.
Purpose In Your Fruit
Other talents we may develop to benefit others. Whether these are family and homemaking, the arts, business, or any other talent that helps other people. This is encouragement in many forms. I imagine that our Father God smiles as we hurry to offer that fruit to another in need of it. There is purpose in this fruit.
Use Your Fruit
Dead fruit hanging on a branch is mushy, discolored, and very lonely looking.
Don’t waste your fruit! Don’t leave it on the branches to rot away. It’s not a pretty sight at all.
“For you did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” John 15:16.