Ok, the first one to guess what the title says, wins a Chinese Fortune cookie! :) I am so full! We just at lunch at one of our Chinese restaurants in town. I love them both so much but one has items I like better than the other and vice versa. But both are very good. Well you know that when you eat Chinese food, at the end of your dinner you usually are given a "fortune cookie". Most of the times these fortune cookies say very little that makes good sense. I'm being honest here :)....you know what I'm talking about. Those cookies that when opened give you a piece of paper that says something like this, "He who doesn't have an umbrella when it rains gets wet"!?!? You think to yourself, duh! Well today my cookie presented some real beneficial data. Information that when put into practice can really benefit. Here is what it says, "Beware of little expenses. Small leaks will sink great ships."
Now that is good advice! That is good wisdom! It really does benefit us to keep an eye on the little things, doesn't it?
Sgs. 2:15 says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes."
At the time this was written, vineyards had protective walls around them. The purpose of the walls was to keep out the animals that would harm the grapes. Foxes is a generic term, and includes jackals. These animals would not eat the flowers nor the vines, but only the fruit, the grapes. If the vineyard was not closely watched as the fruit came on, these animals would destroy the fruit of the vine.
It works the same way today. The world or enemies of all that's good and holy are mostly concerned with destroying the fruit of my life. I suppose the reason for this is because Jesus put such a high importance on the life that "bears" fruit.
In John's Gospel, Jesus says, "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."
Our fruit sets us apart. What we do for God is what counts most in our lives.
Guard your fruit. Build protective walls around your heart. Not walls that alienate you from everything and everyone, but walls that keep your fruit safe and secure. So that you may present to God what gives him the most glory! Your Fruit!