My friend described to me the care he put into tending to a fruit tree he has. The first year he wasn’t very committed to it and the tree had only bore three to six guavas. The next year he faithfully watered it no matter what and the production increased a hundred fold. He specifically stated that “the second year it had produced at least a hundred guavas.”
I was immediately reminded of the words of Jesus:
“others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
The idea of bearing fruit in different measures is echoed throughout the Gospels. Furthermore, it denotes the idea of various degrees of dedication and returns. We see this mirrored in the Parable of the Talents. A well known story where currency was given to 3 individuals by a master in order to entrust them to produce more by the time he’d come back. While two excelled one was consider wicked and lazy.
Surely, it’s a lesson in faithfulness, and that’s why my friend’s story was so fascinating to me; it took the agricultural metaphors of Christ and brought them to life in a personal testimony. You might think of it as a mundane example, but it illustrates the principle that caused Jesus to say:
“You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” Matthew 25:21
A long time Christian I had absolutely underestimated the importance of the principle of faithfulness. After thirteen years I consider it to be of great importance. Where would you be in life if you were not faithful?
To the younger individuals reading this, faithfulness is consistency, and if you can remain consistent at one thing you can become successful in it. I’ve observed so many times people that didn’t seem qualified for a job, stick with it and excel.
Furthermore, what if we apply faithfulness to our relationship with God?
There’s so much to say about this subject, but for now I leave you with this:
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”
Psalm 1: 1-3