My son, Stephen, worked on a small farm while he was in college. During that time, he got to experience lots of different jobs. One day he might plant seeds. Perhaps the next day he was watering and/or fertilizing. He got to remove weeds, clear new ground, and lots more. Of course, the final end job was picking the fruits and vegetables that were grown.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
It seems to me that at any given moment we each may have a specific task. And it may change – and even change dramatically – from moment to moment. Of course, there may be times we get to harvest the fruit. But even when we do that, usually it’s only because someone else – or many someone elses – did lots of work already.
Most of the time we get to plant seeds, or fertilize, or water them. Sometimes we get to pull some weeds out, or cut down a tree to give the plant more sunlight. There are lots of possibilities. But without all those things happening, there is no harvest at the end.
We should also recognize that in the world of agriculture, different seeds take different amounts of time to germinate. That seems to be true in the spiritual realm also.
When you plant seeds, you never know for sure exactly when they’re going to spring up. But along the way, those various plants need tending. Don’t become so focused on picking the fruit that the rest of the steps get ignored.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not telling you not to pick the fruit. I’m just saying there are plenty of other important steps to get to that point.