When you have a fruit tree growing in your back yard you can be tempted to pick the fruit too early.
But what’s needed is some patience, because you know that when the fruit finally ripens and that sweet, juicy nectar flows into your mouth you will be so glad you persevered till the end.
Following the call of God can be like waiting for fruit to ripen. As time goes on, we can look around and compare ourselves to others or be lured away and distracted by all kinds of ‘good things’ that seek to rob us from God’s best. Eventually, if we lose patience we can sell out and pick the green fruit before it has a chance to ripen.
Jesus spoke about the kind of person who responded to the call of God, but sold out prematurely:
“The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly [it] is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth [and] the pleasures of this life. And so they don’t produce fruit and never grow into maturity”
The thing about green fruit is that it never satisfies. Although the package may come laced with promise of sweet relief, in the end it turns bitter in the mouth. But those who patiently endure until the fruit has ripened will enjoy the benefit of holding on till the end:
“The seed that fell on the good soil represent honest, good – hearted people who hear and accept God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest that is thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Remember the call of God that compelled you to leave the world behind and seek after the one who created it. As you continue to patiently endure, at the proper time you will receive a full harvest of ripe, juicy fruit:
‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’ – Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Refuse to compromise, but cling to His promise. In the end, you will be so glad you did!
(Scriptures: Matthew 13:22-23; Mark 4:18-20; Luke 8:14-15)