2012-11-12 / Church

Today’s Meditation

From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Matthew 9:35-38

Look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life.

John 4:35-36 (NRSV)

Where do all these apples come from? I wondered, looking out over an orchard for the first time. Apparently, an apple contains up to ten seeds. Just imagine if all those seeds grew into new apple trees: Those trees would produce apples that would produce seeds that would produce more trees and on and on. The number of trees and apples that could eventually come from one apple is amazing. Aren’t believers supposed to be like that apple? As God renews us in the image of Christ, we are meant to bear spiritual fruit. Through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, we can become more loving, more joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled (Gal. 5:22-23). These are the fruit God wants to grow in us. And other people will see these fruits growing in us as well. Perhaps they will be attracted to Christ by the good fruit they see in us. Then the seed of our spiritual fruit can be planted and grow to produce a harvest of new believers.

Steve Wilson

(Ohio, USA)

Thought for the Day: God wants me to bear spiritual fruit.

Prayer: Dear God of abundance, produce in us the fruits that you desire. Amen.

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