God Wants Figs and Grapes

I believe one of the greatest evidences of our faith in Jesus Christ is that we have moved beyond asking “what do I want” into asking “what does God want” in the way we live our lives. This is taught all throughout Paul’s letters to the churches and it is seen clearly in the example of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Asking “what does God want” today as we approach Jeremiah 8:13 reveals the answer is grapes and figs. Obviously not in their physical state as if God is hungry, but in a spiritual sense God has planted a vineyard in the world, of which you and I who believe in Jesus Christ are a part of, and He expects this vineyard to produce a crop. We are to bear fruit in our lives, this is the purpose of all the blessings God has poured into our lives. There is a stark difference between the fruit of grapes and figs and thorns and thistles. The difference is just as wide as our selfless acts that are used to expand the Kingdom of God and our selfish acts that are used to make much of us. Today is a day to be honest about the fruit of the vineyard God has planted here. Not for the purpose of trying harder to make something better happen with our lives because we know the words of Jesus, He is the vine those who abide in Him bear much fruit. I pray we would seek out with our whole hearts the vine today.  -Pastor Andrew