We recently had the opportunity to visit one of our favorite spots in South Carolina:
The Cooley Brothers
When we lived nearby, we were some of their regulars. From mid-June to September, Mark and I lived on a daily regimen of what the ancient Romans called the “Persian apple”. We just called it delicious.
I have been enjoying peaches since the days of homegrown ones on our family farm. No matter the variety, yellow or white, clingstone or freestone, by experience I have a good idea what the pit will look like when I bite into the fruit.
When God created man, He blessed us to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).
He had given vegetation the same type of blessing and “the earth brought forth…plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind” (Genesis 1:12).
Although our Father is the Great “I Am” (Exodus 3:14), I sometimes wonder if our center isn’t scattered with an abundance of the smaller seeds of “we are”. His seed is the all-encompassing beginning and the end (Isaiah 44:6), yet we continue to reduplicate ourselves in so much that we produce. It’s kinda the difference in biting into a juicy ripened peach or into an underdeveloped pomegranate.
We know so much and yet obey so little.
We talk bumper crops of spiritual fruit and yet use our excuses year after year to collect heavenly fire insurance (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
Is our fruit any different than that of the scribes and Pharisees, who “say things and do not do them” (Matthew 23:3)?
What seed do we produce?
“Either make the tree good, and its fruit (and seed) good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is know by its fruit (Matthew 12:33).”
Let us spend time this weekend examining the seed which we so freely scatter.
Let’s take the kernels of knowledge that we possess and being to live their truth.
“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them” (John 13:17).
What fruit will your actions produce? Will they replicate the Great “I Am” or will they sprout the weeds of selfishness and worry? Which seed is spreading within your thought-life?