Let God Grow You
One of the ongoing lessons I have had from the Lord has used the analogy of trees. We have owned a couple of new construction homes that started with zero trees. We had to plant trees and then water and fertilize them to encourage them to grow. Right near our current home, is a small wooded area. The trees there were not planted by a human nor fertilized or watered by man. God was completely responsible for their planting and growth. He may have used squirrels and birds and possibly other animals to plant the seeds, but the water came solely from Him in the weather patterns. The fertilizer was simply the soil He created and the yearly decomposition of plant material.
One thing I have seen a lot of in the church is the drive to produce fruit. We often seem to make that our sole focus. We had a neighbor years ago plant an apple tree with the expectation of producing apples. The tree was only a couple of feet tall and in its first season it did produce fruit. I’m no expert in fruit trees, but I do know that the first few years are to be completely dedicated to growth and not fruit. In the spring of those years, the buds need to be removed so the tree is unable to put its energy into fruit. The tree has no choice but to use its energy for growth of roots and limbs. When the tree is finally allowed to produce fruit, it is strong enough to support the fruit. Our neighbor’s fruit tree was unable to support the fruit it produced and leaned right over onto the ground as you can see in the picture. In the church, people who focus solely on fruit tend to burn out and become discouraged.
Here at Christ Centered Family, God has put our focus on helping people to grow roots and limbs. We have established a discipleship program where men and women can get away from their everyday lives and spend a year focused on God. The leadership is not about imparting their knowledge, but instead is focused on the disciples sitting with Jesus and learning directly from Him. Growth in your relationship with God and living as the unique individual God made you to be is how you will be able to support the fruit God has planned for your life. Don’t try to make a shortcut to try to produce fruit before you are truly ready. Let God grow you and produce fruit in His time.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 ESV
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3 ESV