Seeds and Apples
I recently heard a man say, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed.” That thought has been germinating, if you will, ever since, and it has grown some encouragement in my spirit from the Lord.
As Christians, we each are given the opportunity to share our faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord with those Messiah puts in our lives. Like a golden apple, the Gospel represents the fruit of life; eternal life. Each of us is given the apple to eat and be nourished eternally ourselves, but with seeds to be planted so that others may live as well.
My favorite scripture is John 15:1-11, in which Jesus talks about how we can produce an abundant amount of spiritual fruit if we abide in Him, the True Vine. I’ve always wanted to be a producer of that fruit, to be the literal fulfillment of John 15:5, but now the Lord has shown me my focus all these years has been too narrow. I’ve always pictured fruit as a single thing or action, something tangible that I could see and know I had accomplished. But as I’ve looked at my life, I haven’t found much in the way of the fruit I’ve been expecting and hoping for. I’ve missed the point that spiritual fruit is a result of abiding in Christ, being filled with and led by the Spirit daily allowing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to be evident in my life.
I was given my golden apple, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on December 7th, 1977. I can remember it had seeds in it, but I’m not sure how many. I had hoped there were still some left to be planted, but now the Lord is telling me to remember that each seed represents an apple tree, not a single apple and that the fruit produced cannot be numbered this side of heaven.