Its early summer now and we can see all the plants have blossomed and bearing colorful, beautiful flowers all around the place. Some flowers look very beautiful while some have great aroma. The trees also started bearing fruits and covered with green leaves.
How was it about 4-5 months back? It was very cold weather and the trees had no leaves, plants all wilted and no flowers and leaves and the sky was dull and cold almost every day! But after couple of months as the weather finally started to change and the plants started showing up their heads, trees started having leaves and finally today when we look around it’s suddenly all colorful bright and pleasant view outside.
It’s the same way in our day today life. Unlike four seasons, our climate can change anytime. But whatever and however climate change can occur to stay blooming and fruitful is the key to success.
When a farmer plants a plant he takes a lot of hard work, pain and effort behind it. Let’s discuss about grapes. It’s very hard and pain taking process to grow grape as it’s a very weak and delicate plant. It takes a lot of hard work and attention to grow a grape vine.
One perfect grape vineyard is pictured in Isaiah 5. There we can find all the struggles and efforts a farmer takes to grow a grape vineyard. Before planting the grapes he takes a lot of efforts to make the environment proper to grow the grapes. He first made a proper fence and wall around the vineyard so no animals can get in, then he took off the stones out off the vineyard as you know grapes are very delicate and their roots are very week. They cannot penetrate over the stones and so the farmer removes all the stones out of the field. He also removes the brines and thrones from the field. Once the land was all set he chooses not any grape but the finest grape vine and plants in the vineyard. He even built a watch tower in middle of the vineyard and made a winepress. He took great care of the grape vines by pruning and digging in the right time and he was very excited to get fruit for his labor.
See how much struggles he took to set up the vineyard. He was expecting to receive a great yield for all his hard works but unfortunately when the time came for harvest instead of good grapes he got wild grapes! Oh what a tragedy! He took a lot of efforts to see a good result but it turned out to be very bad. How could this happen? It was not wild grapes but the finest grapes he planted; he protected the vines by making a secure fence and wall around the vineyard. He took out all brines, thrones and stones out of the vineyard and did the pruning and digging the grape vines at perfect time and kept a good watch by building the watch tower to make sure no wild animals can get in. Even after taking all these precautions it turned out to yield wild grapes instead of good grapes! Can you imagine the pain and anguish the farmer will be having? What should the farmer do now?
That’s also mentioned there. The farmer is going to take off his anguish by taking the hedge off and breaking the wall there by animals and birds can come in and eat up the vines, he’s not going to take care of it and he’s not going to do the pruning and digging there by leading it to complete destruction of the vineyard.
Well my dear readers we are one one grape vines which God has planted in the vineyard. We didn’t have any qualifications, backgrounds or abilities we could boast off. We were wild grapes but we were lucky to be selected and that good farmer God before planting us in his vineyard transformed us by budding us to a good vine Jesus who was cut at the cross of Calvary to which we are attached by cutting us off from the evil stem and budding us to the good stem Jesus and there by taking off all the wildness in us and He filled his goodness into us. Thus God made us good vines from wild vines and He planted us in his precious vineyard.
At times in life we receive some pruning and digging which causes a lot of pain and we keep mumbling why this all happens in life. But the good farmer knows even though it hurt us for a while we will be able to bear good and better fruits only by going through these processes. And he expects us to bear good and better fruits from us. So let’s leave the wild fruits and start bearing good fruits for God. Remember in John 15:1, 2 say “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
How do we know if a tree is good or bad? Luke 6:43-45 says- “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
What are the good and wild fruits? Galatians 5:22,23 says the fruit of the Spirit (good fruits) are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22, 23 NIV)
If these are the good fruits then what are the wild or evil fruits? Again Galatians 5:19-21 says the acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
Therefore let’s leave all the evil fruits and start bearing good fruits cause the later part of the verse clearly warns -“I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this (evil fruits) will not inherit the kingdom of God.(Galatians 5:121 NIV).”
Remember Luke 13:6-9- Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” Therefore let’s leave the evil fruits and start bearing good fruits for God before it’s too late. God bless you!