But God- We Display His Fruit


"I want and try to do my best for God, can you give me some pointers so that my efforts will be more productive for the Kingdom?"

Thank you for this common question. It reveals a good heart and some noted frustration. Let's begin the answer with a question. Does God ask us to do our best? I believe the answer to that question is no!

But God Image_Color_CrossFirst of all, let's realize that our best can never be good enough. Jesus knew this. That is why He said the following in John 15:5; "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

One important thing to remember from this word picture is this- Branches do not bear their own fruit. They bear the fruit that the vine grows through them. We, as branches, are given the blessing of displaying the fruit He produces. Our job is to be available. Jesus, just prior to saying this has said in John 14:10 the following; "Do you not believe I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works."

If Jesus needed to allow the Father to do his works through him, certainly we need Jesus to do his works through us.

So, in closing, let's enter into and welcome the freedom that comes from agreeing with Jesus that we are his branches and trust him to produce in and through us his fruit, to the glory of Father!





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

Leave a Comment