by Diyah Pinckney
There was a farmer tending his field when he noticed a different fruit had grown. He picked it up, looked at it, and then bit in to it. The bitter taste of it shocked him so much that he dropped it on the ground causing more seeds from this fruit to spread out. The farmer noticed that he dropped it but went about tending the rest of his field. During the next harvest, to his surprise more of that same fruit had grown. He also noticed that his other produced had lessoned and the ones that did grow did not look the same. This made the farmer very upset. He did not understand where this fruit came from, why it came back or why it multiplied. He became so angry that he picked up the fruit and squished with his hands leaving more seeds to drip on the fertile ground and he stepped on the rest. As he continued to tend the rest of field, when he found one of these fruits, he would throw it causing it to splatter when it hit the ground in another area of his field. In the following harvest, the farmer was shocked. All his produced was gone. Replaced by this fruit. All his hard work was destroyed. This fruit had multiplied so greatly that it sucked all the fertility out of the soil, leaving his field worthless.
Now there was another farmer, who was out tending his field. He to notice a strange fruit. He immediately picked it up, and carefully carried it into his home. He sat it next to him as he meditated. After meditation he carried it in the kitchen, and slowly cut it open, so he would not bruise anything on the inside. While inspecting the inside of the fruit he recognized the seeds. He took a small taste of the fruit and did not like the bitterness. This made him run as fast as he could to pull up all the roots to this overly bitter fruit. He spent all day searching and digging in his field for any more roots from this seed. Making sure to pull them all up. When the next harvest came, there were no signs of this fruit anywhere and his produce looked better than before.
The moral of the story is that it does not matter who it is. From pastor, to sinner, wealthy to the poor, old to the young, and all in between and around. We all reap exactly what we so. (Galatians 6: 7-10). And when in a situation that you do not like, do not curse the situation and the people involved. This will only cause the situation to get worse, leaving the people involved to tell the truth about you as they experienced it from being around you. Killing all your good works and damning your future good works. Take time to pay attention to what is going on. Pray about it; recognize that this harvest is from the seeds you sown. Repent for doing for doing so. And take the time to make amends if possible. Romans 14: 15-18 … Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.