HEBREWS 13:20, 21
"Now may the God of peace...
equip you in every good thing to do His will,
working in you that working in us
that which is pleasing in His sight,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be the glory forever and ever.
We were tired of grocery store fruit, probably imported from out of the country, so we finally stopped by a fruit seller to buy cherries, one of those moments we actually had cash on us to make the purchase. We missed cherry season. What! We settled for unripe peaches. The fruit we wanted did not last, and we were displeased.
Who would turn that offer down, an offer to equip you in every good thing? We are all sent out there to work since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden, by the sweat of our brow. But as God's Church, the result of what we do when He equips us is to enjoy "the fruit that remains."
"You did not choose Me
but I chose you,
and appointed you that you
would go and bear fruit,
and that your fruit would remain."
This is my husband's life verse for ministry, the fruit that remains. Living in orchard country, we know when the fruit is endangered by weather or pests. It is not as easy as it seems to produce fruit. We also often see whole orchards with trees dug up, roots pointing up to the heavens, a sad sight. As much as we enjoy seeing the flowering fruit trees, the growing fruit, it is all for one purpose, to produce a harvest, a fruit that remains which is ripe and luscious.
So in my imagination when reading this verse, I imagine God handing out hoes to the workers, maybe later ladders and baskets to pick the fruit or workers hoeing the rows then bending over to gather the crop. But God is offering to work in us that which is pleasing in His sight. When His
Spirit is given to live in us, to work in us, it is an invitation back to the Garden in that we can walk with God in fellowship. What is pleasing in His sight, not hiding in the bushes covering ourselves with fig leaves.
The KJV says, "Make you perfect in every good work." Adam Clarke says the word means "Put you completely in joint." My great-grandfather had terrible epilepsy that threw his shoulder out of joint so often that the muscles would no longer hold it where it should be. After many prayers of God's saints, he was healed of his epilepsy. An out of joint shoulder joint, or any other, is extremely painful. It happened to our son twice in sports. It happened to the lady on the other side of the curtain in the E.R. We listened while the team of doctor and nurses did the physical procedure to put the joint back in place. There was immediate relief. We want to be completely in joint with God's will. Being out of joint from His will is painful.
Then the commentator says, "'To whom be glory forever.' ...to Him be the honour of His own work ascribed through tie and eternity." The glory is just the radiance of all He does and is.