There is nothing more painful than investing time, energy and resources into something or someone only to reap a bad harvest! It could be a child, a business, an exam, a relationship, etc.
This is what God said of His beloved Israel in Isaiah 5:1-2, "...My beloved had a vineyard on a rich and fertile hill. He plowed the land, cleared its stones, and planted it with the best vines. In the middle he built a watchtower and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks. Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes, but the grapes that grew were bitter." Ouch!! After all the work he did, he only harvested bad fruit, sour grapes!
In the same way God has invested and continues to invest so much in us. He picked us from the "miry clay", cleaned us up with no mean cleanser than the blood of His beloved son! He set us on a good path to walk in His purposes; gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us on the path of righteousness. Yet, all we give back to him is sour grapes when He expects us to bear good fruit.
The only way to bear good fruit, pleasing and acceptable to God is to abide and remain in the true vine. Remaining goes beyond ritualistic prayer and cursory reading of the word. As we remain engrafted in Jesus, He will produce good fruit in us. The Holy Spirit in us will do all the work and good fruit will come out of us. All we have to do is to abide in Him. That's easy! Try it.
Love, Lady Monica ❤