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“When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (John 15:8-10, NLT)
I felt a bit nostalgic as I carried my buckets out to the blueberry patch one Saturday morning. When I lived in Alaska we would pick the most wonderful wild blueberries. A group of us would hike out to the berry bushes swinging our pails. The only thing we had to be concerned about was whether we were sharing our blueberry patch with a bear. As we walked home we would whirl our buckets around and around. The goal was to keep the blueberries in our pail – it was pretty easy for me since I ate most of mine before I got home!
When my family moved from Alaska to California there were no more blueberries to pick and I was brokenhearted. You can imagine my joy when I moved to Michigan as an adult and found out there were blueberries to pick!
This morning, I tied my bucket around my waist and began to pick. There is something wonderful about a blueberry patch. The bushes are tall and it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one around. It was so peaceful and quiet and the bushes were loaded with berries. I plopped a berry in my mouth and enjoyed its sweet goodness.
As I picked my way through bush after bush, I was reminded of the verses in John 15:8-10. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Am I producing fruit?” Is it the kind of fruit that Jesus wants in my life? Am I laden down with fruit like these bushes or are there just a few berries here and there?
I can get discouraged in my walk and feel like I’m not producing much of anything. I struggle with self-centeredness, pride and the need to be in control. But God reminded me out in that blueberry patch that I need to REMAIN in Him. Producing fruit is God’s job, not mine. My job is to once again place myself at His feet, seek Him first in all I do and rest in His love. What a delicious truth that is!
Father, Remind me that only You can produce fruit in my life. My task is to be faithful, to keep close to You, tucked up in Your love. Help me to stay close and not to stray. Protect me from the lie that suggests I need to work to produce fruit. Remind me that my job is to surrender and let You do the work in me. Amen.
Questions: Are you remaining in God’s love? Are you trying to produce your own fruit or are you letting God do the work in you? Are you discouraged with how little you’ve grown and how far you have to go?