Fruit Isn’t Always Immediate

Galatians 6:9-10 (NASB) says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” 
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you can just plant seed in the ground for, let’s say, an apple tree, and then the next day, “BOOM”, an apple tree full of apples? Or better yet, what if we could plant a garden one morning and by that evening, we would have corn ready to pluck and potatoes ready to dig up? It would be amazing, but, simply put, this is not how life works. God designed it to where we can find beauty out of reaping from what we sow. We can enjoy the fruit of everything we have worked. It is the process in between planting and harvesting that can wear us down physically and mentally if we allow it, but if we persevere and utilize past experiences, as well as wisdom passed down from generations, we can truly reap what we sow!
Of course, this also works in the supernatural. If we sow goodness in the lives of others, we will reap goodness, which can only happen if we experience, live in the goodness of God! It’s hard to sow what we have not encountered ourselves. We may not see immediately the benefit of a positive word of encouragement or a selfless act to display Christ’s love to someone else, but it is why we continue to sow goodness. In due time, that seed will catch up with fruit! Fruit isn’t always immediate, but you know a tree by the fruit it bears (Matthew 12:33). Fruit also indicates the workmanship of a disciple (John 15:8). If what you are doing is not bearing fruit, or at least you cannot identify it, then take inventory and see what needs to be done differently. It goes far beyond you patting yourself on the back for participating in some type of ministry, or attending church on a Sunday morning, which should be beneficial and not overlooked, but it is truly about making a difference with cultural impact. You do not have to stand behind a pulpit with a microphone in your hand to preach, but let your life deliver the message of how good God really is! Therefore, take advantage of every opportunity to be, show and speak the goodness of God, especially to those who are fellow believers in Christ so we can encourage others to live for and continue to follow our Lord and Savior!