I have a friend with a shirt that says, “bear fruit.” It has a picture of a bear holding a fruit, much like above. I didn’t share it because I thought there might be some copyright issues with it. As I was reading through the first chapter of Genesis again, because I love the creativity of God, I was reminded of the shirt.
“Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.”
Genesis 1:11 NLT
“And that is what happened.”
Before we go any further, it is important to note that when God speaks something, it will happen. I hate the times I get surprised when God’s Word comes to fruition. The fact that I have such little faith in His word bothers me. We know (head knowledge) that His Word is true, but do we know (heart-based Faith) that His Word is yes and amen?!
With this passage, God set up a principle. What is sown will be reaped, down to the very type of seed you sow. And so we find that God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of principles.
God set up boundaries and rules for everything. It would be strange to eat an apple from a tree one year and a pear the next from the same tree! We don’t have to re-analyze things. You can manipulate scripture to say what you want it to, but you will still find that even if you sow into your new principle, you will reap from God’s unchanging one.
We see the consistency and continuity. My question would be, do we have the same continuity and consistency in our lives? We don’t aspire to follow God’s decrees to be legalists. Rather, we follow them so we know what to expect of ourselves and others know what to expect of us. We follow them so in a way, we know what to expect out of various circumstances and situations.
Quit feeding people apples one year and pears another. Quit feeding your circumstances apple seeds expecting to harvest pears. Einstein would call that insanity. God would call it unfruitful living that is in need of pruning. So let’s work towards being His good and faithful (consistent) witness.