Bear More Fruit - Making a difference in the "ordinary" of life
Today is Wednesday, the halfway mark of the the week, and maybe you’re struggling with how ordinary life seems sometimes - the same old, same old, day in and day out. We hear messages like “You were made for more than this!” and think, “Ok, I was made for more… but how? There’s nothing very special about me or my life!”
I recently sorted through several plastic bins of old momentos, mainly of my many travels around the world - a Star of David flag from Israel, a piece of the Berlin Wall, a train ticket from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, coins from Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and Jordan… Most of those trips involved ministry - working among the poor, sharing the gospel, or bringing the ministry of encouragement to a lonely friend. It fall feels like a million years ago and lifetime away; was I really ever that person? Is my ordinary life proof I’ve sold out spiritually?
Then I remember that being a husband and father who seeks after God and desires to walk in obedience to the Lord in today’s culture is not ordinary! Exercising restraint and self-control - not ordinary! Desiring a heart of generosity, charity, and compassion instead of greed, self-interest, and self-righteous judgment - not ordinary! A life devoted to the Lord is one that, day by day, little by little, is sowing seeds that bear fruit of the Spirit. Paul’s words in Galatians 6:9-10 speak to this: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Joni Eareckson Tada talks about this as well in her book “A Spectacle of Glory - God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day.” She says, “You are sowing seeds; your prayers are having an impact; and the Lord of the vineyard is paying close attention.”
If life’s ordinary has you feeling down, be encouraged - God sees your faithful devotion, and you are sowing seeds that will bear fruit!