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Fruit-Bearing Good People

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,”

– Colossians 1:9,10

I mentioned recently that Jesus showed us that it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between wheat and weeds until the very end of the harvest. In thinking about weeds, you may wonder what the devil looks like. He is not “Devil Donald,” the bad side of Donald Duck’s conscience, personified as a bad-tempered and practical joke-playing devil. Alternatively, he is also not Diablo from the video game. Biblical descriptions of the devil say he looks like a saint, and he poses as an angel of light. In addition to being attractive, he is good at marketing and communicating. The Bible is very well known to him, and he even quoted it to Jesus.

So how do we solve this problem of a Christian and the devil looking similar 90% of the time? Here’s the answer: Don’t look! Don’t compare yourself to other people. Just grow and invest in yourself. Don’t let weeds tell you how to live a good life. Consider that not all people who succeed and grow around you are weeds. Some people in your life will grow faster than you, produce more fruit, last longer, and have all the things that you desire, and they’re of the Lord. What a blessing from God!

Friend, I thank God that the world is full of fruit-bearing good people. Take advantage of this opportunity to surround yourself with as many people like that as you can. Allow yourself to rejoice with those who are succeeding even if they are doing it at a faster pace than you. You show Christ’s love in this way!

Prayer


Father, help me celebrate the achievements of the people around me.

Reflection


Are you comparing your growth with others? What can you do to rejoice with them?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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