It is believed that the 21st century has ushered us into a new period in history, where we now have more people living in the cities than in the rural areas. With all the benefits of urbanization, we now find ourselves gradually losing touch with nature and our understanding of biblical metaphoric teachings using agricultural practices.
We often read parables about sowing, reaping, labourers in vineyards etc. In the urban context, I believe a parable we can closely relate to, is the one to do with good fruits. My wife and I go food shopping twice a month (not because I have a big appetite but rather because of the size of our fridge!), and a key part of our shopping is to buy fruits. For me personally, I love grapes and pears. There’s however been a few (only a few) occasions where after we have bought the grapes and pears, the grapes tasted sour and the pears tasted bland. With each grape I popped in my mouth, there was the hope that maybe this could taste like the usual, but they all disappointed. The obvious thing I did was to throw it all in the bin because it was bad grapes.
If I went shopping again and kept buying the same sour grapes and bland pears, I would in time complain to the store or switch to another supplier. The problem may however not be the supplier or the store. The problem may even not be the farmer or his techniques. The problem may actually be from diseased fruit trees bearing bad fruits. Ultimately, the farmer has invested his time, energy and resources; but the reality is, all that investment was meant for the trees to produce good fruits.
Similarly, as Christians, we have been born of the Spirit, we have the Word of God (the Bible), we have the Holy Spirit leading us and guiding us in all truth (etc.); hence we have all we need to produce good fruits. In the end, it is not our confession of faith that speaks of our identity as children of God to a desperate world, it is rather in the good fruits we produce for the world to taste.
Matthew 7:18-19, “A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”.
Let us remember this famous saying, “Uselessness always invites disaster”. As Christians, we must bear good fruits and be useful to the kingdom of God and to our fellow men. Be inspired by this today. Have a wonderful day.