God Alone Sees The Fruit
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season,.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
It is guaranteed to the believer who loves God and remains faithful that he or she shall bear fruit in “due season”. It is the infallible result of being a “tree” of God’s planting (Isaiah 61:3).
What we may forget is that the “due season” is at the time of God’s appointment.
Have you labored long with seemingly little fruit? Have you grown weary plowing the fallow ground and sowing the “precious seed” only to see drought, or blight, or hail, or flood wipe out the crops, time after time? Many may look at you and say, “He plows in the wrong field”; “He sows bad seed”; or “His farming methods are all wrong.”
There is only one question you must answer: Has my heart’s desire been to serve my Lord and be faithful? Then do not grow weary. You shall reap in due season if you do not faint. We do not know the season of God’s appointment; but it shall surely come.
Before you say, “The harvest is past, the winter has come, and still I see no fruit; I have labored in vain”, please consider:
1. Just as God alone gives the increase, often God alone sees the fruit.
It may not be revealed to your eyes until “the Day reveals it”, when He says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” And you shall see your fruit as glorious!
2. You may come to the end of your labors here before your seed actually produces great fruit.
Your harvest may come after your departure. God may have appointed it at such a time that you may rejoice with Him, at His side, as you watch your harvest come forth.
3. Finally, for each of us personally, Christ is preparing and shaping us as HIS harvest.
These are “school days” forming us to perfectly fulfill the appointed role He has for us in His eternal kingdom, so that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18).
In this present time, then, we are to love and serve Him faithfully; and He alone is to be our portion and our great reward (Gen 15:1; Ps 73:26).
About Ed Ross
Ed Ross has been pastor of Springwood Chapel in York, PA for the past 16 years. He and his wife, Lynna, have been married 34 years, and have three grown children (a son and two daughters) who are all actively involved in the church and/or missions work.
Having attended Millersville University (PA: 1969-1972), Maranatha Baptist Bible College (WI: 1977-1980 ), he received a bachelor of theology from International Bible Institute & Seminary (FLA). He was first ordained into the ministry in 1980, at which time he and his wife began an Independent Baptist church, remaining there for eight years.
Ed has been bi-vocational at times, working in supervisory and management positions in the quality and manufacturing engineering fields.
He is actively involved in missions work, having spent significant time teaching among the amaZioni peoples of southern Africa. Ed has written numerous tracts and pamphlets, and currently publishes Tuesday’s Touch, a weekly e-devotional. He has also served as a city police chaplain for a number of years, and enjoys writing music/poetry, hiking, and traveling with his wife.