January 22 Bearing Fruit

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
(Psalm 1:3)

If you are not growing and bearing fruit, it doesn’t matter how long your life is. David said the blessed man doesn’t just grow; he’s planted! God plants him at a definite time in a definite place to accomplish a definite purpose. You may ask, “How can I know I am planted?” Because you’ll grow down before you grow up, and you’ll grow fruit. God’s not concerned about how high your trunk grows, He’s concerned about how deep your roots go, for that determines what you produce!

God will take every struggle and every experience you’ve been through and use them to cultivate the soil needed to make you fruitful. He’ll even remove those who “stand in the way” of what He wants to do in your life. Jesus said, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away” (John 15:2). Did you hear that? He took them away, so don’t go running after them! He knows what’s best for you both.

Listen to Paul, “Live in vital union with Him. Let your roots go down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught” (Colossians 2:6–7, TLB). Remember, the richest soil, uncultivated, can only produce weeds. There are no shortcuts to any place that’s worth going.

 

Ask God today to strengthen your roots, and cause you to grow up in Him, and bear “much fruit” (John 15:8).[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 22). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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