My Christianity Is Not Casual because Mature Fruit is Always Found On the End of the Limb.
The following article Mature Fruit is Always Found On the End of the Limb was rejected for inclusion in a Christian magazine with for this reason : “While this piece is well written, I don’t feel it fits our editorial needs at this time. I prefer a more casual, conversational style of writing for the magazine.
Praise God my writing was not considered as coming from a “Casual Christian.” I take my relationship with God serious and even in rejection I find much blessing, satisfaction, peace, and joy! I hope you find this article a blessing in your life as it points to the supernatural power of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of God’s children.
Moses was living in Egypt when God spoke to him about conducting necessary “spiritual business” with the King:
And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt, That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee. And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me? (Exodus 6:28-30 KJV)
Moses instantly discounted his own ability to carry out this spiritual mission, desiring not to present himself before Pharaoh with an important message from God. He instantly felt insignificant and insufficient in his own strength and ability to communicate with a man of royal means. Moses, therefore, instantly disqualified himself with an excuse of being greatly hampered by a troublesome speech impediment.
God was never ruffled or swayed one little bit at Moses’s dogged determination of proclaiming he was not the right person for the job! God’s leading and divine appointments are always plausible and perfect. Besides, God is used to hearing whining and complaining when He hands out assignments of vital spiritual work needing to be accomplished!
God can peer into the future to see the end results of a situation, while mankind cannot see past the moment at hand. Mankind often narrows his focus to rest upon potential problems and impossibilities rather than seeing any opportunities available right in front of him. Man focuses solely on today, while God clearly looks beyond today to victories of tomorrow.
Often God must realign man’s focus to “see” potential through the lens of faith. Faith is the fuel which links together with the supernatural power of God. God does not call those who are qualified, God calls people who are accessible, available, and eager to listen and learn. God speaks to those who are spiritually prepared in their heart who are willing to put their faith into action crawling out onto a precarious “spiritual limb” and allowing God to guide and direct their steps.
God routinely makes divine appointments where complications and improbability are probable, but God intimately knows the condition of the heart. The Apostle Paul was a zealous New Testament servant of God who was clearly aware of his own shortcomings and lack of ability without possessing the supernatural power of God:
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:3-5 KJV)
The outcome of serving God is always held firmly in the power of God, never reliant upon any ability or strength of man.
Just like a tree or vine blossoming fruit is always found maturing on the ends of limbs and branches. It is never found lying upon the ground, hugging the base of the tree, tangled among the roots, or discovered growing on the towering trunk of the tree. Blossoming spiritual fruit always requires a measure of faith placed in the work and power of God.
Giving the Gospel message as opportunities divinely arise is witnessing according to God’s will and power. This prevents the message from quickly dissipating or being blown away in the midst of contrary winds swirling about in this stormy and turbulent world. God clearly promises His Word will never fall away, or return void, but will make its way to whomever and wherever He desires hear and be enlightened by it.
His Word will always bear precious fruit according to the divine direction and intervention in the sowing process:
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11 KJV)
God’s Word will bear precious fruit, not according to man’s sowing abilities, but according to the power and strength of God who gives the spiritual increase in the heart (1 Corinthians 3:6). Both Moses and Paul became eager and effective witnesses fruitfully sowing the Truth of the gospel message to many zealous hearts made ready by the spiritual work of God.