Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

In this season I always find joy. Recently I harvested pears from my orchard, and Beverly, my wife, has been working hard to convert them into pear preserves. I also bought some peaches from a grower just down the road that will get the same treatment. I’ve noticed the fruit trees in our area seem to have done particularly well this year as they are hanging low with an abundance of fruit, and now is the time to take advantage of that abundance. If the fruit isn’t harvested and preserved soon, it will be too late. I’m truly looking forward to fresh preserves on a big ol’ homemade “cat head” biscuit.

I’m also reminded of a different kind of fruit, the fruit that comes from the Tree of Life. The writer of Proverbs tells us righteousness is a tree of life. Righteousness leads to eternal life, but the problem with that is we have no righteousness of our own. To partake of that fruit, we need a source of righteousness that isn’t ours. To reap fruit from the tree of life we must have the righteousness of Christ, and the only way we can have His righteousness is to place our faith in Him as Lord and Savior. Only then will His righteousness be imputed to us. Blessed are those who have partaken of the fruit from the Tree of Life by their faith in Jesus.

But there are many who haven’t eaten from that tree, many who haven’t tasted the fruit of salvation. As Jesus once told His disciples, the fields are white with the harvest. And this Proverb says wise people will win souls. Now is the time of harvest. If we don’t act soon, it will be too late for many souls to be preserved. We must lead souls to partake of the abundance of fruit from the tree of life. There are many lost souls who need to be won, and if we are wise, we will be about the Lord’s work and win them. Let’s go pick some fruit.

Have a God Filled Week,

Brother Donnie

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