Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Fruit That Remains

Matthew 13:23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces:  some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

I miss Bro. Dale Williams. I knew him for close to 26 years. I got to know him through attending the men’s Monday night prayer meetings and through preaching on the street corners of N. Salina St. and Fayette St. One thing I will miss most about him was that he was always ready with a thoughtful word of encouragement.

One of the things I have been thinking about since his going home to the Lord was something he prophesied in church on a Sunday morning in January of 2016. What he shared was not only encouraging for the entire congregation, but was something I specifically needed to hear. I asked him for a copy (to the best of his recollection) of what he shared. I have that copy typed out and taped inside my Bible.

The night before, I was praying to the Lord about wanting to produce good fruit. Specifically, I was asking the Lord, “Where is the good fruit in my life?” I was hurting and needing some encouragement from Him.  Not only was the Sunday morning sermon specifically about having good fruit that remains (much to my amazement!), but then Bro. Dale shared the following words:

Good fruit is what God desires,

Good fruit is what He inspires,

Good fruit is the result of living in Jesus.

Jesus makes good fruit,

For He is good,

For He is God.

Live in Him,

Abide in Him,

Remain in Him,

And good fruit will be found in you.

Over time, I may not remember my last official conversation with Bro. Dale before he went home to be with Jesus. Nevertheless, his words above are very fitting if they were to be his last words to the church. May we all continue in Jesus Christ and continue to work towards producing good fruit that will remain for all eternity.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5