Fresh Fruit: Seeking Jesus for His Goodness

Fresh fruit is a staple in my household. My son especially loves it! But, one thing this Mama has a hard time with is how quickly fruit rots. I buy so many varieties that by the time we have tried a bit of all, we find rotting has begun with the remainder.

Take a carton of strawberries, for example. Once one has molded, the strawberries that surround it begin to mold as well. Interestingly enough, the opposite side of the strawberry that is touching the non-moldy ones still appears in good condition.

However, it is said that once the mold has begun they are no longer safe to eat and must be thrown out. Even if half of it still appears good, the whole is not considered good to eat.

I pondered the implication of this imagery with the condition of my heart. Imagine, if my heart touches the heart of the world that’s full of sin, I, too, reflect that sin nature.

As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”- Romans 3:10-12 (NKJV) [emphasis mine]

But, if my heart touches the heart of God, then I’m healthy, full of goodness, and safe.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.- John 15:5 (NLT) [emphasis mine]

On my own I am merely self-righteous or an appearance of good. But given time, one may see the true reflection of a heart that touches a world full of sin is no different.


However, a heart that touches the heart of God produces the fruit of ‘goodness’ by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). And what does this goodness look like? It’s definition says this: uprightness of heart and life.

Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.- Psalms 25:8 (NKJV)

Though, imagine it’s said that, I, too, must be thrown out if my heart has started to decay from touching a world of sin.

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.- John 15:6 (NKJV)

It’s a stark realization. But living for Christ is a wholehearted commitment. It is daily dying to self and surrendering both heart and life to His righteousness.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.- 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace to accept us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!- Romans 5:17 (NIV)

A life found in Christ is certainly like finding and consuming the freshest fruit. May we continually seek Him and touch hearts with His. For in Him is true goodness— uprightness of heart and life!

Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.- Matthew 7:17‭-‬20 (NIV)



There are certain aspects of my life that demand a need to be prioritized. Maybe that’s just my personal desire to be super organized. I tend to thrive on lists of  “to-do’s” and feel a great sense of accomplishment when they’re checked off as “done”!

When it comes to household chores I prioritize tasks with my family’s needs in mind. When I go grocery shopping I prioritize spending for my family’s needs over our wants (as extras). When planning short trips to visit people, I prioritize immediate family before extended family and friends.

Not only do I structure my daily activities, but I structure the things in my heart. Those things that I love also become a system of priorities.

When I wake for the day, my priorities are as such: I read devotions. I check my phone for missed calls or texts. I browse through new emails. I scan all social media notifications (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc). If I have time or am moved to do so, I write in a journal or type my thoughts out in a draft form.

I truly thought that by putting my daily devotions first was giving God my genuine time. Now, I love God very much. I felt that I was doing enough to justify my love for Him. But what I came to realize is that my devotions are all about me. Devotions about marriage, parenting, bettering myself, and so on.

The rest of my daily priorities continue to be about me, or about caring for my family or our home. While none of these things are a destructive way life, I am not fully committing my heart to God and what His word tells me to do.

God provides us the Old Testament law with this first commandment, “You must not have any other god but me.” (Exodus 20:3). Other gods can mean deities, rulers, idols, or that which we worship. In the New Testament, “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38). 


My attempt at committing my time to God falls short to my human nature. The things I prioritize have become my idols. Serving myself and others has come before serving God.

Jesus advises us in John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” I surely do love God, but I have not been completely obedient to these commandments.

I even go to God in prayer, asking Him for things for myself or others. Again, not giving Him His rightful place in my heart. There’s an incredible truth to the lyrics of “More and More of You” by the band Selah. They declare, “Oh, forgive us all for seeking Your hand and not Your face“.

How, then, can I expect so much from God without making Him my greatest priority in life? God is more than deserving of my worship, time, and commitment. Rather than having the mindset, “what can God do for me”, I must shift my thoughts to what can I do for God”. I must not always demand for His hand to give. I must truly learn what it means for me to give by seeking His face.

Dear friend, if this is all too familiar I ask you to join me. Let’s make a committment to seek God’s face, to keep all of His commandments, and to make Him our first priority. Let us agree together in prayer:

Lord, I confess that I have diminished your rightful place in my heart. I have not completely made you my greatest priority. Right now, I repent from this selfish nature. I thank You for freely lavishing me with Your loving forgiveness and unending grace whenever I ask. May Your Spirit guide me in wisdom and understanding to know how to truly seek Your face. And it is in Your name that I pray. Amen! 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”- Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)