ORANGES…and their siblings–grapefruit, tangerines and lemons are unique fruit. As I was having a sweet, tasty orange after my workout this week, I became fascinated at the structure of the orange. It is something I have seen hundreds of times, but never focused on how it differs from so many other fruits and veggies. They have already been sectioned into several slices, awaiting their peeling and eating. It may just be one of a number of indisputable evidences of God being the Creator, as opposed to the ‘Big Bang’ or other evolution theories. And then there are the peelings that retain the juicy freshness.
As I sat there consuming that orange, my thoughts turned to the seeds inside. Like the slices, that’s a stroke of genius too! How du He du dat?? A newly formed orange already has the seed for reproduction in it that grew out of the original seed that was planted to grow the orange tree, that produces many harvests for decades.
When you and I are ‘born again’, given salvation, the Holy Spirit plants the Seed, Jesus, in our souls and spirits. And guess what the Spirit starts producing in us; His fruit. (Gal. 5:22
) Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
become the attributes we are to display. Just like any attractive fruit that we are drawn to it as we shop, the world should be drawn to the Christ in us, if they see His fruit. And the Seed of life is in us, the gospel, the only means of salvation. That’s how we reproduce-our sanctification produces the Spirit’s fruit. People are attracted to the Christ in us, and when they ask about the hope that lies within us, we share the gospel message.
And what is that gospel? Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.
(I Cor. 15:1-4
) Here’s a question for you. Are people being challenged by your life; are they seeking to find out what is different about you? If you were in the produce section of a grocery, would they select you or another brand? Like the many competing fruits, there are many competing ‘religions’ or non-religions from which to choose. But we know that ‘the other brands’
do not lead to eternal life but to eternal destruction. They may look good from the outside, but inside, they are rotten, even deadly and never deliver what they advertise.
So, are you planting your seeds in ways that will produce a bountiful harvest of disciples for the Kingdom? Is our ‘orchard’ one that keeps prospering year after year? You know that orange trees must be tended to annually. Last year’s good crop does not ensure another one the following year. Same with us! You must tend to your life in a way that will continue to produce the ‘fruit’ God has destined for you.
Your ‘good works’ are evidence of a prosperous relationship with the ‘Orchard Owner’. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
The one true Seed lives in you if you are His. Your role is to maintain ‘good fruit’ in your life. His role is to reproduce through you. I submit the only guarantee of a bountiful crop is to humbly submit daily to Him and let Him do mighty works through you.
is the recipe. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper
” (vss. 1-3
Hope you never again look at an orange in the same way again.
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from New King James Version