IS YOUR FRUIT A BLESSING TO OTHERS? Podcast
Show Host: Wilhelmina Street
Featuring: Janice Owes, Devotionalist
Scripture: John 15:5
Have you ever shopped for fruit and carefully selected the best for your purchase?
You could have been at a supermarket or a produce stand but your desire was to purchase
good fruit. You selected the fruit by the way it appeared by smell, color, size and price.
To your great surprise, after you purchased the fruit and returned home, it was not good.
The fruit was not sweet and was not worth eating without aiding the taste with other
spices. How disappointed you are with the purchase when the fruit looked good on the
outside, but was not good to eat.
Often, looks are deceiving and we are misled by appearances for wanting the best. How
about your spiritual life? God wants our best. Read and meditate what Jesus tells us in
The fruit Jesus speaks about in this passage comes from vines. Jesus says” I am the Vine; you are the branches.
If any man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) The vines on this earth are pictures and emblems of Jesus.
Meditate and ask God to reveal to you the mysteries of the Vine. We are branches as Christians and we
must remain connected to the Vine who is Jesus. His desire is for the branches ( you and
me ) to bear fruit. We need to bring our friends and loved ones to the saving knowledge
of Jesus Christ. We must tell others about His Love.
Our whole existence must be devoted to remaining in Him ( The Vine) as the branch (us)
remains connected to the Vine (Jesus). We must yield to The Holy Spirit to guide us
and work in us as we obey Jesus. We must love one another and fellowship with others
to spread The Good News.
Prayer: Father God, I surrender all to you and I need your Holy Spirit to work in me to give me
the power to obey you as a branch from your vine to bear much fruit.
Putting Into Action:
An effective prayer life is necessary to remain in Jesus. Begin each day with Jesus. You
will be amazed at what He does for His children when we put Him first in our lives.
About the Author:
Janice Owes is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Pimlico in Baltimore, MD. She has been a member since 1977. She has retired after teaching French, Latin, and Spanish for 35 years in the Baltimore City School System. Janice is the mother of two sons and a grandmother of four.
Jan has set up the background for application of our lesson.
She’s right in line with the Word of God.
All Christians are expected to bear fruit in their lives. When allowed, this fruit grows in the areas of character and concern.
Character is covered in Galatians 5:22-23.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’
This kind of fruit bearing happens when you live according to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. As you do the Word, your character becomes more like His character. The result is more godliness being shown in your life and therefore you are more effective in the world around you.
Concern, the second way this fruit grows can be found in Luke 10:2.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
And, this kind of fruit bearing leads us to getting involved with planting the seed of God’s Word in other people’s lives by nurturing them. When we do this we will see the growth and a soul won for Jesus Christ is bound to follow.
So I ask you…is your fruit a blessing to others? If not, ask God to help you to be fruitful in the lives around you. As in John 4:35, I tell you “Open your eyes! Look at the fields around you. They are ripe for the harvest.”
Continue reading about fruitfulness in God’s word. and watch your fruit continue to grow.
This is Wilhelmina Street thanking you for taking time out of your busy schedule for A Moment with the King. Bless ya’!
- The Vine and the Vinedresser (prhayz.com)