“The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:12
Walk into any modern grocery store and you will see bins of fruits and vegetables. Each came from a seed, but how different they are in color, texture, and taste. What a variety! We all have our favorites, and probably a few we’d turn up our noses to if served to us.
Is it not the same with us believers? We each are to plant seeds of salvation, yet our Lord uses our uniqueness to attract others to Him. Some of us may be common as oranges or apples, or more of an acquired taste like pomegranates or kiwis. How about a strawberry that shows off its luscious seeds on the skin, drawing people to its sweetness? Or a lemon that may seem sour, but adds so much flavor to other foods.
There are two points that stand out for me in Genesis 1:12 as we considering how Christians are to bear fruit, drawing others to Christ and helping to nourish them in the faith by our actions and words. First, God designed a variety, but they were all seed-bearing. Second, He saw that what He had created was good.
Perhaps our seeds seem almost non-existent as in a banana. Or maybe they are as obvious as those in a slice of watermelon. It doesn’t matter. God created us in a variety of ways with an array of talents in order to communicate His love and truth to a diversity of people. To a world hungry for the Truth, you are just as attractive sitting in your bin as I am in mine. And that’s good!
Heavenly Father, thank You for creating us individually. Thank You for the seeds You produce in each of us to attract others to You. Keep us from wishing to be a watermelon when You have made us to be a lime. Remind us that we are Your creation and that You deem that as good. We pray this through Your Son. Amen.
Describe yourself as a fruit. What are the unique qualities that draw people to your bin? Pray that God would give you opportunities to attract others to Him.
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