It’s amazing to think that a third of the year has just flown by. And not just any year, but the Year of Unceasing Fruitfulness.
I like the idea of fruitfulness, because it has got nothing to do with what you do and what you can achieve; rather it has to do with where you are planted.
Think about it this way: a seed grows into a tree because all the potential has already been put into the seed. We have been created by God with potential. And not only potential, but unique potential. And yet, none of that is activated unless we are planted in good soil. The soil makes all the difference!
As we abide in Christ, we bear fruit naturally. We are blessed with fruitfulness. And our fruit becomes a blessing to others. We are blessed to be blessing!
Last month, Pastor Benny began sharing from the book of Ephesians. The first chapter of Paul’s epistle says this (v7):
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
I like that God is a lavish God. He always does exceedingly abundantly above all we can ever ask or think. But I also like that even though God lavishes His grace and favour on us, He’s not indiscriminating and random. Rather, He lavishes with wisdom and understanding. A father who indiscriminately gives everything to a child spoils the child; a father who gives with discernment provides the child with what is best for the child.
April has been a full-on month for me and many times I’ve felt like maybe I wasn’t cut out for doing the whole Converge thing! Yes, I’ve always thought it’d be cool to have a day of worship, but organising one is something else! Thankfully,the program is now finalised. I’m really glad that many ministries have put their hands up to serve together on the Day of Worship.
And I’m also grateful for my cell group. I’ve really enjoyed going to cell group and even though I’m usually quite introverted, the people in my cell group have really included us and made us feel at home. God is blessing us with some great friends! And I’m really inspired by my cell leaders. My cell leader Ernie is really balanced and wise and Wen is an eternal optimist, able to see the best of every situation. I’m glad that God has planted us in this cell group for this season to inspire us to be better people!
So God has been looking after us; and even though we’ve worked hard and I’m a bit tired now, I know that I am blessed!
I’ll finish off with a tweet from Nicky Gumbel:
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD
Painful moments, TRUST GOD
EVERY MOMENT, THANK GOD
Amen and amen!