You’ve heard me say it before: God has created each and every one of us to do something great with our lives. When we follow His plan for our lives we’ll see incredible things happen. But we have to go through the process first before we can see the product.
Our lives are like seeds; if we plant them in the right place and nurture them, we will begin to produce. But if we are always uprooting ourselves and planting our lives in different places because we’re unsatisfied with the progress we’re making, we won’t have a chance to see our seed begin to sprout and produce fruit.
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith, we can’t please God. Producing fruit takes us directing our faith at Him and trusting His plan for our lives. He wants our commitment to be to Him and His Kingdom, so that everything we do will help our seeds to grow.
The process looks different for everybody because God has a unique calling for each of us, but the way we can grow our faith and nurture our seed is the same. We need to make sure that our faith is planted in Jesus. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” Jesus provides us with an unshakable foundation to plant our lives in. That doesn’t mean we’ll never have any challenges or obstacles to overcome, but that if we rely on Him, we can withstand anything that comes our way.
God has also provided us with His people, the Church, which is like a greenhouse for our plant to grow no matter the climate. God didn’t create us to do life alone; He created us to have community and fellowship with each other. That doesn’t mean we shut out the rest of the world, but that we plant ourselves in a local church to help and support each other on the journey of life. No matter what your past is, how old you are, what ethnicity or nationality you are, there is a place for you to get involved and shine in the Church.
James 1:2-4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” God takes us all on a process of growth and development so that we can be who He created us to be. Don’t let your flesh overtake what God has for your life. Place your faith completely in Him, make a commitment to the process, and nurture your seed so that you can see your life begin to produce some amazing fruit for Him.