He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who cares for his master will be honored.
We see a lot of advertising slogans today. Companies are always looking for newer, snazzier ways to position their products and services. But one positive feature that can never be dreamed up in a brainstorming session is a statement such as “Serving You for More than 50 Years” or “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence.”
Statements like these can’t be bought from an ad agency. They can only be earned over time. The same thing holds true in your life as a Christian. Even though all of God’s promises were yours from the beginning of your walk with Christ, the awesome experience of bearing fruit over a lifetime can only be seen through the lens of many years. And when those years have been fully invested in the Lord rather than routinely squandered on foolish alternatives, the return is sure to be bountiful beyond measure. Today’s verse from Proverbs is a good reminder of this truth. Solomon was saying that our years of faithfulness will be rewarded. An orchard that is faithfully tended for many years will enjoy a much more productive yield than a
new one. The more it matures, the more fruitful it becomes.
If you’re still fairly young, I hope you realize that your choices now do matter. If you’re not quite so young anymore, don’t rest on the past. Keep growing a life whose fruit bears the seeds of eternity and reflects the greatness of the Gardener. Every year in His orchard is another opportunity to be used by Him in achieving His purposes in this generation. Perhaps the “slogan” you can hope to hear on that day when you stand
accountable to Him in eternity is “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master” (see Matthew 25:21).
What evidences of Christ’s character in your life today were simply not true of you 5 or 10 years ago?
Ask that you will run the race that He has set before you and that you will run well, side by side, all the way to the finish line. Pray that you will finish strong!
"The LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you (Isaiah 30:18). You should always consider your children.
Each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself (Eph. 5:33). The longer you are together, the more things you learn about this man or woman that are not very pleasant, not too pretty.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). If you accept only in part, you can love only in part.
Once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was (James 1:24). Sometimes we lose our way, forget who we really are. In those times, God often inspires people around us to hold up a mirror and let us see who we've become.