An Underestimated Truth

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.

Matthew 13:8

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

 

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Quote of The Day

Coming from a man of God with an excellent educational background:

“Most of the trouble in the world is caused by educated fools.”

~Derek Prince

Derek Prince

It’s an amazing thought to consider because according to the author, education is not wisdom, and I would add, education is information.

Wisdom, according to an in depth study is:

‘the correct application of knowledge; it’s the skill of applying knowledge, it’s an art.’

You can hear his entire message, and that particular quote at 44:55-45:20 here:

Overall it’s an insightful message as always, and has a different overarching topic, but if you’ve never heard Derek Prince then please indulge yourself.

Derek Prince Ministries

On The Right Track

“He who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.” 

1 Corinthians 2:15

There’s so much to be said about this verse, but I will make one brief point.

If you:

  • Have a consistent devotion to Christ and His Word
  • Find yourself to not fit in with many other Christians
  • Seem to be misunderstood by them or unable to relate
  • But are sticking to the scriptures, not wavering from the text
  • And wondering why?

Then according to the above verse you’re on the right track!

It’s an amazing thing to realize that not all Christians are “spiritual.” Therefore, by default not all Christians are going to understand you or even like you. I used to think it was me, until I realized it was an answer to prayer.

You will be misjudged by others, but hold your ground because:

“The first will be last, and the last will be first”  (Matthew 20:16)

“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”   (Colossians 3:3)

Just some food for thought. God bless!