This morning my breakfast consisted of a grapefruit I picked from a tree we planted in our backyard last Spring. My husband and his dad labored to dig the hole, I fertilized and watered the tree, we protected the tree from pecking birds and a digging pup, and we watched the grapefruit grow! [and let the Miami weather work wonders].
On my birthday last August I adopted 1 Timothy 6:12 as my theme for the year:
Fight the good fight of the faith. TAKE HOLD of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I have been praying over the command to “take hold” of eternal life and trying to figure out what it actually means. I know that once I confess Christ as my Savior my life has new meaning- not just life in heaven but living out the eternal decision here on earth as God’s heir. Yesterday as I listened to a sermon by Mark Driscoll on being fruitful it finally made sense.
It’s not about just belonging to Jesus and going to heaven.
It’s about belonging to Jesus, living a fruitful life and then going to heaven for an eternal reward. Your life counts. Your life matters. God has fruit for you to bear, He has good works for you to do, He has things for you to accomplish.
Not so that you can become a Christian but because you are.
Am I bearing the fruit that God has for me to bear? And am I bearing more and more fruit each year?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Let’s pray about one area to improve fruitfulness this year: relationships, work, health, finances, Bible reading, ministry, etc. Personally, I want to learn more from fruitful people. Specifically, I want to work on connecting with an experienced, fruitful woman in my church. I’ve made friends in law school and Scott and I have met other young couples at church, but I’m longing for an older mentor to sit down with in person and be able to ask questions. I have so much to learn and there is a wealth of knowledge in our community- I just need to initiate and ask for a few minutes to chat over coffee.
To bear fruit I must remain in Him and cultivate my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I want my life here on earth to leave a legacy for Christ! As I enjoy this grapefruit, I pray that the fruit in my life this year would taste as sweet to the Lord. I pray that my Father could enjoy the results of how I take hold of this life He has for me on earth.