Monday, December 07, 2009

Season's Greetings

We had lunch in a Thai restaurant the other day. Like all restaurants, they like to dress the plate with fruit or green stuff. This place chose cantaloupe...which looked lovely in all it's delectable orange splendor. But one bite told my son it was all show, no flavor. I explained to him that in Florida, cantaloupe's season is summertime. Some growers try to force the fruit to produce out of season. They are successful, but if you've ever tasted fruit that was not in season you know it's not worth the steep price they charge. Normally it's bland, small and sometimes a mere shadow of itself.

As Christians, we bear fruit...Galatians speaks of this as fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-23

Strawberries are best in February and cantaloupes are best in the summertime but as Christians, our fruit is in season year around. The trick is to keep growing.

If you are rooted in Christ, your season has no end. If your branches feel a bit bare, then maybe it's time for some pruning, weeding or irrigation!

preach the word; be ready in season {and} out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

1 comment:

Estelle said...

Great commentary -- Love your illustrations, perspective and wisdom!