Living Fruitful Lives by Liz Trujillo


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On the Western Slope of Colorado, it is very common to see vineyards and orchards. Succulent fruits in the spring and summer that are the final product of a growing season. If you have never stood in the middle of an orchard or a vineyard, you are missing out on the most amazing natural aroma. It’s intoxicating; the likes of which candle companies have yet to replicate. But I digress. Vineyards and orchards are full of all the components it took to produce beautiful, useful, nourishing food. Soil, sunlight, air, roots, water, and time. All working together to eventually produce a harvest that is recognizably good.




Being a new transplant to this town has made me very aware of the process that it takes in order to produce such delicacies. These days, we are so far removed from the actual process of what it takes to plant, grow, and harvest our food, that we often don’t know just how long it took for us to be nourished. We see bins and crates full of fruit in our stores, and have the luxury of even ordering items online that can be delivered right to our car. No fuss, no strain, it’s just the norm. I wonder how much of that we can relate to regular life?




It may seem like I might break into song right here about “Food, glorious food!”, but I won’t. I want to dig a little deeper and discuss life...glorious life. You see, I’ve learned over the years that our lives tend to render what we put into them. If we want to be entrusted with much, we have to be faithful with the little.




“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share in your master’s joy.’” Matthew 25:15 CSB




If we want to create new friendships in new places, we have to extend our hearts and hands first. If we want to live lives that are productive and life-giving in the days ahead, we have to plant seeds of productivity and live now. We are to be faithful & fruitful. Because fearful & doubtful won’t cut it.

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The fruit of our labor won’t be seen immediately. It’s called labor for a reason- we have to work at this thing called fruitful living. We have to give it our very best when giving of our time, talents, and treasures in response to the needs of others. It won’t even be noticed until we’ve prepared the ground, worked that land, and consistently show up to water and nurture what we are planting. You see, conversations in my head go something like this:





I sure love grapes, but don’t ask me to tend a vineyard; I wouldn’t know where to begin.

I sure love apples, but don’t ask me to climb a ladder to harvest them- I’m afraid of heights.

I sure love being encouraged by others, but don’t ask me to go take the time to make new friends- they may reject me.

I sure love sharing life and community with others but don’t ask me to let them see my messy house, or messy relationships, or messy life- they may abandon me.

I love being surrounded by many people, but don’t ask me to share the friends I have - because they may stop loving me back.

I sure love helping those in need, but don’t ask me to give so much that it inconveniences me- I might find myself in lack.

I sure love using my talents, but don’t ask me to use them too much - I might get stingy with them.





Any of these statements ringing a bell?





I want to experience all the goodness and beauty of God in every area of my life, but often times, I don’t want to put in the necessary work. I want to see my life become fruitful in all that I do, and honor God with all that has been entrusted to me, but often times I get scared of the cost of labor it will require of me, and come close to stopping just short of seeing my planting/working season payoff with noticeable fruit.





Friend, God desires to do so much in our lives. He wants us to live intentionally in all we do, in all we say, and in all we think. He wants us to put forth our best efforts in tending to all that He has entrusted to us, and in who He has entrusted to us. Putting in the work on the front end, so we can see a fruitful return when it is time. Why? Because that is how we grow personally; that is how we grow in community. That is how we grow in His Kingdom.

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I hope you’ll join me today in asking yourself, “Where am I able to put forth the effort?” There is a place where all of us can work the ground of our lives, and prepare for new seeds of hope and life to spring up. There is a place where we can nurture a little more, and prune a little more. There is a place where we can wait and watch as the fruit of our lives begins to appear.





Where will you work today friend? Let’s work in the Vineyard of Our Father.





Go Work In The Vineyard

Go work in the vineyard, ’tis Jesus commands,

Then why are we idle and folding our hands?

He speaks to the children and we must obey,

Go work in the vineyard, go labor today.





Sow in the morning the seed of the Word,

Sow in the morning and trust in the Lord,

He of our labor a record will keep;

Life everlasting and joy we shall reap.

Go forth in the vineyard, how earnest the call,

There’s work for the children, there’s plenty for all:

Too precious the moments to squander away,

Go work in the vineyard, go labor today.





Go work in the vineyard, how glad we should be

That Jesus is saying to you and to me,

The harvest is coming, arise! and away,

Go work in the vineyard, go labor today.





Go forth at His bidding our places to fill,

Go forth at His bidding and work with a will;

Grieve not the dear Savior by longer delay,

Go work in the vineyard, go labor today.






~Fanny Crosby & John R. Sweney 1881~





Article Contributor: Liz Trujillo

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