Thursday, July 7, 2016

While You're Waiting For Fruit....

Be patient therefore, brethren, 
unto the coming of the Lord. 
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit
 of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he 
receive the early and 
latter rain.
 (James 5:7)

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One of my favorite analogies in the Bible is fruit. Woven throughout both the Old and New Testaments, we see this fundamental principle of our lips, actions - even our thoughts - bearing fruit for good or for evil.

As young entrepreneurs we're on the front end of waiting for the fruit of our hands. I have areas that I labor everyday that has yet to bear fruit, as I'm sure you have as well. So what do we do while we're are waiting for the fruit?

Be Patient

Somewhat more expansive than the modern definition, patience in the Bible means to forbear or patiently endure. From the above verse from James, we see patience is to steadfastly wait for the proper timing of the event we are looking toward. Quitting when the going gets tough is the opposite of biblical patience. Only those who have long patience taste the fruit.

Remember How Precious The Fruit Is

When the wait grows long like evening shadows, we often forget the reasons we started our industry. When I was a child, I can remember hauling water buckets and hoses out to our family garden during the cracking dryness of summer. Many times I would look up at the sweltering July sun, covered in sweat and dust, and wonder, And why are we doing this? Because of the fruit. It was the hope of harvest that made the grime and effort worth it. Only when the fruit is precious to us will we be willing to endure the sacrifice, discipline and headache a cottage industry blows into our lives. Rather than using it as an excuse to quite, discouragement can be the fire that purifies our motives and makes the fruit even sweeter.

Work With Reaping Season In View

What we sow, we will reap. It's a law as certain as the law of gravity. And that includes seeds we sow carelessly. If you are waiting out a dry spell right now, be careful of temptations to sow wicked or foolish seed. Covetousness, debt, shady practices, sloppy work or fast-track-to-riches schemes bring bitter fruit and may leave an aftertaste attached to your life and name for years.  Also, beware of discouragement. It is a rainless cloud that steals the sunlight from your ideas and enthusiasm, making your labor less productive. Not only that, discouragement is a barren vine that will strangle your trust in God. If you have been lead by God into this business, He will bring the harvest in due season. But only if you are faithful to sow good seed with pure hands and heart.

Wherever you find yourself in this planting of a cottage enterprise, take heart, my friend. Be patient, cherish the fruit, work in righteousness and trust the Lord's timing. The harvest will be well worth it. 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(Galatians 6:9)
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6 comments:

  1. Good article, Kenzi!! So many words of truth!!


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    1. Thanks for all your encouragment, dear sister! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  2. Great thoughts, Kenzi! We live in a "microwave" world where results are expected to be seen "now". Life doesn't happen that way. Your article is excellent and very timely! God has promised our "well doing" is not in vain.

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    1. Amen! I liked what you brought out about how we've been conditioned to expect instant results. It's hard to break out of that mindset. Thanks for your encouragement, Grammy! :)

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  3. Great work Kenzi, We all need to remember that even when the seeds of life look wilted, God is working on are roots. So that we might bring him glory in the future.

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    1. Thank you, Marcella! I liked how you brought out that God is often working, whether we see it or not, and it's for HIS glory!! Thanks for that reminder! :)

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