The Fruit and Its Sweetness

People retire from a career, job, ministry, etc. Sometimes, however, there is the mistaken idea that retirement is a release from responsibility. The thinking is that now I can relax and do what I want to do. For the born again Christian (there’s no other kind), there is an ongoing responsibility. It is to go on bearing fruit! It may be one-on-one. It may be teaching a Bible Study, discipling, counseling, helping in our local church, etc. In whatever way(s) that God would have us continue to be fruitful, we do not retire from these. Someone might say, “I’m too old.” What does God say” You’ll find His answer in Psalm 92:12-14, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” I’m told that the fruit of the palm tree gets sweeter with age. Someone may feel that they are not up to doing much physically. Keep in mind that even our joyous and  trustful attitudes can produce fruit. Even in a sick bed, we might testify to the person in the next bed and/or to doctors and staff,
of the faithfulness of our God. In the hymn, “I Would be Like Jesus,” James Rowe captures the idea of life-long fruit. He wrote, “All the way from earth to glory, I would be like Jesus; telling o’er and o’er the story, I would be like Jesus. Be like Jesus, this my song, in the home and in the throng; be like Jesus all day long! I would be like Jesus.” Selah! What God has been purging and preparing over the years may, in our golden years, yield bountiful and sweet fruit. Keep abiding in the Vine!   Ron

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