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)


Near and Never Alone: Finding Comfort

These days, its very rare that I have any alone time. I eat, sleep, breathe, and well, just about do everything with tiny humans around. When I shower, I have to strategically set up a safe space for my infant in my master bathroom.

Since she is not yet mobile, I place her in her baby bouncer seat or her rock ‘n play sleeper. I set it up in the middle of the floor, away from anything that can harm her. Then, I turn on the ceiling exhaust fan in hopes that the humming sound will soothe her.

Unfortunately, most days that ceiling exhaust fan doesn’t work. She stays content for mere seconds. Then, she begins her crying fit. Usually from a whimper to a full blown wail before I know it.

I most assuredly try to console her behind that sliding, shower door. I speak affirmations to her, sing to her, and sometimes try to play peek-a-boo. None of which helps.

I mean I don’t blame her one bit. She’s a tiny baby amidst a giant room. When my voice calls out, it is magnified into echoes. That can be a scary circumstance and lead her to confusion.

But, once I exit the shower and pick her up she is instantly comforted. For her, it’s not enough to hear my voice. She wants to feel me near.


It’s remarkable to me how much I truly understand her desires. In my relationship with God, I often ask to hear His voice. Oftentimes when I do, I am still searching for more. I typically utter the words, “I look forward to joining You in heaven so I can feel Your embrace”.

One particular day, as this very scenario transpired with my infant, I was gently reminded some truths.

Even when I seem so tiny amidst giant circumstances and anything that might harm… I am strategically placed in a safe space by my heavenly Father.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord : He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalms 1-‬2 (NLT)

Even when I’m left confused trying to distinguish God’s voice in comparison to my own echoing thoughts… He is speaking affirmations and is singing over me.

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

Even when I do not feel consoled enough… God reminds me that I don’t have to wait until I get to heaven to feel His embrace. He is near me even now.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:17‭-‬19 (NIV)

Just like my children who are never left alone, my God never leaves me alone. He is constantly involved in all that I do. He is my safe place from harm. He is my calm and soothes my soul. He is near and embraces me when I seek Him.

• Blogger Tip: Write one or all of the scriptures on an index card. When you feel alone, read the scripture aloud. Allow the Truth to transform your mind. •

“..It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”- Romans 10:4-10 (MSG)