We have put the demands of discipleship in fine print for fear we will scare away “prospects.”
Fruit of the Land
How long are ye slack to possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you?
We ought not stand on Jordan’s stormy banks casting a wishful eye to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where our possessions lie. “Dwelling in Beulah Land” is possible here and now. Living in Canaan may be a fact today.
It is also a fight, the fight of faith, as we follow our Joshua, the Captain of our salvation and “possess our possessions.”
And there will be fruit. “This is the fruit of it,” said the spies (Num. 13:27). “The fruit of the Spirit” it is today (Gal. 5:22, 23). Alas, so many are still in the wilderness, longing for garlic instead of grace, melons instead of manna!
The best advertisement of the land is the fruit of it. Where are your milk and honey? Men will believe the fact when from the fight you bring the fruit.