So it's not the season for fruit? Grow it anyway

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You,” said the doctor to the patient, “are in terrible shape. You’ve got to do something about it.

“First, tell your wife to cook more nutritious meals. Stop working like a dog.

“Also, inform your wife you’re going to make a budget, and she has to stick to it.

“And have her keep the kids off your back so you can relax. Unless there are some changes like that in your life, you’ll probably be dead in a month.”

“Doc,” the patient said, “this would sound more official coming from you. Could you please call my wife and give her those instructions?”

When the fellow got home, his wife rushed to him.

“I talked to your doctor,” she wailed. “Poor man, you’ve only got 30 days to live.”

There are times in life when we receive news that is not what we’d hoped to hear. But even if you’re in that place, you can be blessed and fruitful.

Seasons come and go, but Jesus wants you to be fruitful in every season.

I have a favorite season, and you probably do, too. Yet every season has its place in our lives.

For Jesus, the greatest temptation was not lust, power, sin or pride — it was successfully living in every season.

When Jesus entered the world and stepped into time, it was a major shift in seasons.

He survived and even thrived, in spite of King Herod’s attempt to kill him.

And, as he grew, he went through different seasons in his life, just as we do.

New seasons are times where our lives take on a different emphasis and things begin to change.

The seasons in Jesus’ life shifted when he was 12 and again when he was about 30. He went from being a boy to manhood, and from being a son to becoming a Savior.

At 30, Jesus was driven into the wilderness, where he faced the potentially course-altering question of his identity.

Satan’s challenge, “If you be the son of God ...” had to be settled.

The war against a person’s effectiveness is over that person being able to answer this question in every season of life.

And the wrong answer is more powerful than any wrong choice.

Yet Jesus knew Who He was, as well as Whose He was.

When John the Baptist baptised, Jesus, the HolySpirit descended upon him, and God spoke from Heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased.”

After this, and after being tested in the wilderness, Jesus entered into his public ministry.

Humanity came into a whole new season through Jesus welcoming his new season. Jesus was fruitful in every season, and we can be, too.

Every season is powerful, whether a dry season, rainy season or one for plowing, planting or reaping. Even seasons of barrenness, or wilderness seasons are powerful.

Seasons bring change. “Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it.” — Issac Newton, First Law of Motion

We go from glory to glory and from faith to faith.

You can’t go from one level to another without change. Seasons impose change. They force us to be prepared for more. When you find yourself entering a new season, welcome it, even if it’s uncomfortable. Believe for more influence, learn more, grow more, reach more lives, more dreams, more desires for God.

There’s a reason for whatever season you’re in. We might as well get excited about it.

The Bible tells us that \]there is a time for every purpose. Don’t miss what God’s doing in your life right now. You don’t have forever to fulfill your purpose on earth. Time isn’t waiting for you.

One of the richest places in this city is in the cemetery.

How many books weren’t written, songs unsung, insights not gained or shared because people didn’t understand seasons and how to survive and thrive in every season?

And there is a season for everything. One of the biggest frustrations for Christians is that they try to hurry things up. But babies aren’t ready to be born after only three or four months in the womb.

One of the seasons God ordained is waiting. Allow this season to have it’s perfect work. It may seem like you’re just kicking your heels, but you must realize waiting is just as powerful as the season you’d prefer to be in.

Jesus also wants us to know that we can be fruitful in every season. 2 Timothy 4:2 states, “Be ready in season and out of season” and Mark 11:12-14 tells the story of Jesus and the fig tree. Jesus looked for figs on the tree, even though it wasn’t the season for figs. And He expected to find them.

We can bear fruit even when it isn’t harvest season. In Christ, we live in the supernatural.

It’s natural to bear fruit when it’s the right season. but to bear fruit when it isn’t — to be joyful, for example, when you have good reason to mourn, now that’s supernatural.

It’s natural to preach when revelation is widespread and the heavens are opened, but it’s supernatural to preach when God’s Word is locked up and it seems as if the Holy Spirit went on vacation. It’s natural to grow when you are in a hothouse of spiritual accountability and surrounded with discipleship, but it’s supernatural to grow when the only person to lay hands on your head is you. Remember, He promised that he’d never leave us nor forsake us.

When you don’t like the season you’re in, don’t wait for it to change before you produce something. There is more power available to you out of season than you know.

Some folks get stuck in a season through anger and bitterness over what someone has done to them.

They are so mad about what their ex did to them that they haven’t been able to add any new relationships since.

Adjust to the season through forgiveness. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive.

When Jesus was shifting seasons from this life to the next, He had opportunity to be angry and bitter at those who were crucifying Him, yet he prayed, “Father, forgive them”.

May we each find strength and hope in the Jesus Christ as we learn to trust in Him in each and every season of life. He is only a prayer away from any one of us. He sees the season you are in right now and desires to see you through to the other side with His power. Will you trust Him in this season?

The Rev. Bob Grimm is senior pastor of Life Church in Walla Walla. Contact him at 509-526-3450. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at catherinehicks@wwub.com.

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