While visiting my Pastor's house recently, he took me on a tour through his garden. In this garden, there was a tree that was flourishing with fruit. He then informed me that this tree had been barren for the past FIVE YEARS; producing zero fruit until now. While many gardeners would have uprooted this tree for being valueless, my Pastor was patient. Then God began to give me revelation on this... We must remember to not count anyone out!
Far too often, we (including Christians) assess people and the mistakes they've made and we write them off as a lost cause, hopeless, irreparable and irredeemable. But the LORD is patient toward us, "not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) While others may have written you off, given up on you, etc. "the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you." (Isaiah 30:18)
Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." There is a destiny awaiting you so extraordinary that no one has seen, heard nor imagined! (1 Corinth. 2:9) God desires to make something great out of your life, and if you want to 'bear fruit', all you have to do is give your life to Him.
A Lost Cause
As a writer, my objective is to provoke thought. As a minister, my objective is to encourage you to Christ. As a disciple, my objective is to do these things in love.