Just recently, a co-worker who just graduated from college was leaving to start his exciting career and future with his fiancé. As his last day approached, he was packing up his stuff to take to the car. Before he could leave, I shouted, “You are leaving without saying, “Good-bye!” He responded, “No, I had to give you a hug before I left.” Although, he didn’t know it, I cherished the sweetness of this moment, I touched his life. During those precious months, I was able to invest in him, give wisdom, and display God’s love. Nevertheless, I wasn’t really aware; he was watching me so closely. Ryan walked up to me and said, “You are a hard worker and a very good person.” (This is coming from a young man who doesn’t share his thoughts at all, he is very quiet.) As the months passed, we developed a friendship so I was able to share Christ. Who knows what God’s got planned? Maybe he will get saved and be a missionary pharmacist!! With God all things are possible!
Fruit is important, it’s evident you belong to the vine. We are aware people are watching but do we realize how close. If so, what are they picking up? But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 If we belong to Christ, we crucified the sinful nature with its passion and desires. Since we live in the Spirit, let us KEEP IN STEP with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24-26)
A life of abundance can blossom if it’s faithfully being nourished in God’s Word, guarding your heart from evil, and staying connected to the Vine-Christ. Keep delighting in God’s Word, it will satisfy your soul but feed the multitudes.
If you feel disconnected from God, realize He wants to be with you. We all have felt disconnected from God or ashamed of the fruit we have left. It’s never too late to begin with God; it’s only a tragedy never to start. If you have fallen, reach for His hand-it’s time to get up. We all stumble at times or feel inadequate of God’s love but we have to walk towards the solution-the cross of Christ. Forgiveness is always available with a bountiful supply, so God’s ready. Are you?
© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor