Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Wednesday's Word of Encouragement
\ ˈfil \
1a: to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained
b: to supply with a full complement
2a: FEED, SATIATE (to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess)
b: SATISFY, FULFILL- fills all requirements
c: MAKE OUT, COMPLETE
3a: to occupy the whole of
“being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”
~Phil. 1:11 NKJV
Where I live, in Middle Tennessee, each fall season the peach trucks arrive. These distributors bring the most delicious fresh peaches from Georgia to our area. For weeks, vehicles are filled with this sought after fruit - setting up on corners and parking lots; selling to lined up salivating customers. Water cooler and text conversations occupy eager buyers as people share the sites of rotating locations - making sure not to miss an opportunity to purchase the fruit.
Most of these peach trucks do not carry their own fruit. They are simply distributors; distributors of a valuable commodity - sweet nourishment. We too can be distributors of a valuable fruit - the sweet fruit of encouragement. Even when we do not feel like it or we think that we do not have any to give away, we must remember that we are carriers; carriers not of ourselves, but filled with God’s fruit.
In the above verse the Apostle Paul shares that we are filled with the “fruit of righteousness”. Righteousness is an interesting term. The suffix -eous means the resembling of - (represent the like of). Representing is an action. Like those fruit trucks represent the Georgia peach farmers, Christians represent God. The peaches that fill those trucks, as valuable as they are, do not fulfill their purpose packed inside boxes. Those peaches satisfy people when they are distributed.
Knowing what we are filled with - a valuable commodity - encouragement, we realize that we are distributors. As distributors we can bENCOURAGEd Today, so that we can encourage others.