Life Snapshot: Protecting the Fruit
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches…apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
The plum tree was full of fruit. I anticipated a great harvest. But I discovered that many branches had brown-bumps all over them. I cut away the infected branches to prevent the spread of the disease to the fruit. In the process, I uncovered many un-ripened pieces of fruit that had been hidden by the leaves of those branches.
When I checked the tree the next day, my heart sank. Without those leaves, the fruit had lost some of its protection. The birds had eaten some of the exposed fruit, and the hot sun had scorched others. My shoulders hung low, as I plucked away the damaged fruit. Immediately, I appreciated God’s design in nature and purpose in everything.
Then it dawned on me how parents are to be the “leaves” over children while they are growing up. If parents do not try to help children store up God’s Word to guard their hearts, the ungodly thoughts and behaviors can easily influence them. If all of us who care for children don’t pray for them often, they become more vulnerable because they are without that spiritual covering. Likewise all of us need to protect our own spirits with God’s Word and prayer. Then our minds can filter out ungodly thoughts. These spiritual practices bring health to our bodies.
Prayer: Dear God, help us store up Your Word. May Your Word take root in our hearts and cause us to be your fruitful servants. Amen.
Thought for the day: If I protect my spirit by drawing closer to God, I will reap the benefits.
Further reading: Galatians 5:22-23
Which part of us is making the decision? Is is the spirit, the soul, or the body? Which part should be the one that decides? A spirit-led life is what our life is about.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)