Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hidden Fruit

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.- Luke 6:43-44 (ESV)

Check around you.  Look under your seat or in that junk drawer at home.  You may have some hidden fruit.  I said hidden fruit, not forbidden fruit.  I am speaking of the qualitative impact of your ministry or business on the lives of others.  These are the impacts that may not manifest on quarterly programmatic reports or become highlights or recaps during this year's financial projections at the annual church business meeting.  They are the qualitative things that make a difference in the lives of the people that you serve.

You are known by your fruit.  Your fruit is evidence of the work that went into that project or that incident.  Your fruit can either be good or bad, but it says more about where it came from (more like "who" than "where") than of itself.  You may not see it now, but you most probably have some hidden fruit somewhere that is still spreading its seeds around these days.

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