When God healed my voice and I was able to sing again, He gave me an assignment to sing hymns. Many of them I had never heard before because of where I grew up. One of the first hymns I heard and learned was from a YouTube video that my husband showed to me. He shared with me how his granny was always singing that song, whether she was washing the dishes or preparing a meal. He said, “Listen to this song and you will love it.” As we listened to it together, he cried because it brought back the memory of his beloved granny. I cried because I remembered the sweet love I felt every time I walked with my Lord Jesus in His garden. Let me share a bit of the lyrics of the song…
“…And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own
And the joy we share
As we tarry there
None other has ever known…”
(In the Garden, by C. Austin Miles)
Whoever knows me well, knows how much I love to walk alone in quiet. In quietness, in Christ alone, my ears, my eyes and all my heart dwell in Him alone. He teaches me whatever He wants and shares with me whatever He loves to and I am thrilled to listen and receive.
One of the things He taught me recently while I was with Him alone is the teaching I want to share with you today…
Matthew 7:20 (NIV) tells us, “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” So often people are attracted by the fruits of a tree rather than by the tree itself. We tend to automatically think about the fruit that we bear, and then review ourselves based on the fruit that we may or may not have in our lives but what we truly need to think about is how we produce good fruit. Jesus said to me, “Good trees bear good fruits but do not focus on the fruit you bear, but focus on how to be a good tree because good trees automatically produce good fruits.”
My dear friends, do you know how to be a good tree? The Bible says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9, NIV)
“…they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” No matter if we plant a seed in others or they plant a seed in us and no matter if we water others or other's water us, we are all co-workers in God’s service. When we do it with all our heart and to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), He will make the tree (you) grow. For you can’t find any bad tree in God’s field because when the branches are connected with the good vine it will always bear good fruit. (John 15:5)
Next time, if you walk and you see a tree, remember you are one of them and God’s desire is to make you grow. Seek Him and know the way he wants you to cooperate in this effort.