"No Giving Up"
Read: John 15:4-5, 8
"Ilove plums! Plum season is usually the best time of the year," declared Tricia, looking at the wild plum trees across from their home. "We usually get so many, but this year they've been shriveling up and dropping off all summer. They should be almost ripe by now, but they look like prunes."
"Dad says that's because it's been so cold and dry," replied her sister Jill. The girls walked across the street to check the trees again. Jill picked up a plum. "This one's sort of okay-looking," she said.
Tricia popped the "okay-looking" plum into her mouth. Then she made a face. "These things are gross!" she exclaimed. She sighed. "We still have a few jars of plum jelly left, but not enough, and we won't be making any this year."
"No,"said Jill. Then she added, "It's like Pastor Mason said yesterday."
"He talked about plums?" asked Tricia with a grin. "I must have missed it."
"He didn't mention plums, but he talked about serving God," replied Jill.
"And what does that have to do with plums?" Tricia asked. "I don't get it."
"He said it's great when people witness or do something to serve God year after year. I think that's kind of like these plum trees that produced good fruit for us year after year," Jill explained.
Tricia frowned. "Well, this year the plums just dried up," she grumbled.
"Yeah, and Pastor Mason said we shouldn't be like that. We shouldn't get discouraged and give up," replied Jill. "We should keep serving God."
Tricia picked up a withered plum. "What about people like our Bible club teacher?" she asked. "She's not teaching right now. That's because her mother needs her help."
"Pastor Mason said it's good to sometimes rest--maybe even take a break from some activities, but we shouldn't think we're finished--we should keep on serving God." She paused. "I've got an idea!" she added. "Every time we wish we had plum jelly next winter, it can remind us that we should witness to our friends."
Tricia laughed. "You and your plum tree illustration is quite a stretch," she said, "but okay. You have a good idea--and let's check up on each other and see if we really do it. Deal?"
Jill nodded. "Deal!" she agreed.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What have you done to serve Jesus lately? Have you shared a Gospel tract? Invited someone to Sunday school? Told somebody about Jesus? Perhaps you witnessed in the past, but you got discouraged. Maybe you helped in Sunday school or sang in a kids’ choir, but you felt like nobody appreciated it. Don’t dry up. Keep serving God so He can produce fruit in your life.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
*Verse displayed is NKJV