2 Peter 1:3
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
Have you ever considered where a fruit tree gets sustenance? Trees must have good soil, water, and sunlight in order to grow. Nothing can take the place of these essentials. You will never see a tree consuming its own fruit when it is hungry. Neither will you see a tree beg, borrow, or steal fruit from other trees in order to cover its branches when it feels barren. The tree is entirely sustained by the soil and sun, and its fruit is evidence of its nutrition.
Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. Our life and fruitfulness is directly linked to our life in Christ. When we try to gain our strength and “food” from any other source we will wither. We weren’t designed to live off of the fruit our lives produce. That fruit was produced to feed a dying world. And when we are barren, it is our tendency to paste other kinds of fruit on our branches to hide our nakedness. False fruits like success, popularity, ego, pride, appearances, notoriety, business, even service, become our identity while our branches are quietly withering away. But life sustained by remaining in Christ produces fruit that remains.
When we remain in Christ we don’t have to worry about our source of life—it all comes from His divine power. We will bear fruit in season. Fruits like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control will become our identity. We will have genuine, life-giving ministry, our creativity will reflect Jesus and His Grace.
We were designed to live in Christ. We were created to bear fruit. We have been called to feed a hungry world. Let’s make our music and ministry reflect that design. Got fruit? Go Feed!