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Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)
TITLE: Bearing Fruit
By John Abercrombie
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Growing up in fruit country, my first job was thinning apples. I picked pears and apples in the orchards of Selah, Washington. One summer I worked for a nursery that grew fruit tree seedlings for new orchards. This environment allowed the observation of the growing of fruit first hand. Apples fresh from the tree were the best. I also saw apples drop to the ground and remain there to rot.
Fruit contains the seed of the plant from which it comes. The seed is surrounded by what we usually call the meat of the fruit, the good part, the part we eat. The function of this “good part,” besides our eating, is to provide initial nourishment for the seed as it starts its growth into a new plant or tree. When the fruit drops to the ground and remains there it feeds the seed it surrounds. That seed grows into a plant producing more fruit and more seed.
The seed of the gospel is spread by the sower, or is planted by the planter. Surrounding that seed of the gospel is the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It is meant to nurture the gospel in the new believer, providing the care and nutrients that are necessary for the seed to grow. The gospel in that new believer is meant to grow in the ministry, planting more gospel seeds in more new believers.
“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8b-10) Abide in The Vine and bear fruit!
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