You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? – Matthews 7:16 NLT.
The greatest advice I have ever received was from a pastor from my church who told me God will use me just the way I am, and to never copy anyone or imitate someone else’s style or gifts. God gave me this weird sense of humor and He will use me that way because I have a different audience (target market).
In nature an apple tree produces apples and an orange one produces oranges. The fig tree doesn’t have sleepless nights trying to mimic a mango tree. These trees effortlessly bear their own fruit. An orange tastes and looks like what it should, you’ll never have an apple that has a tinge of guava in it.
Yet in Christianity we always find ourselves mimicking our role models in the faith. I try to pray the way my favorite pastor prays and make soundtracks the way he does. Jeremiah 1:5 should then have said “Before you were born I made you like your favorite pastor; I appointed you as a mirror image of your future mentor,” TOT.
Peter was used mightily by God and yet he made all the mistakes only Peter could make. If not making empty promises (I won’t deny you) he was slicing people’s ears. He became who God created him to be and to this day we still speak about his mistakes yet God appointed him the leader of the church.
It’s time we excel in the gifts and personalities God has given us and do what we are destined to do, be who we were meant and created to be. It’s time we surrender to the will of the true vine and produce the fruits we were destined to produce. It’s time to connect to the vine and be amazed at the type of fruits we bear. The opposite of this is pride, because you are telling God He’s not producing the right fruit for the type of tree you are.
It’s time we excel in the gifts and personalities God has given us and do what we are destined to do, be who we were meant and created to be