Yesterday, I joined a group of men, young and old, to pick fruit trees for one of the families of our church. Due to difficult circumstances, this couple couldn't get out to do it, so we went to lend a hand.
When we arrived, I was told that the fruit needed to be picked off the tree or else the tree wouldn't bear fruit next season.
There is a spiritual lesson here. As believers, one of our greatest callings is to bear spiritual fruit. But just like a tree, which doesn't bear fruit for itself but for others, so too we don't bear fruit for ourselves. Our spiritual fruit is meant to bless those with whom we share it.
Here's the connection: if we don't share our fruit with others, we won't bear fruit the next season.
I felt the Lord urging me to share my fruit and not keep it to myself. He's urging you as well. This reminds me of a quote which seems appropriate:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot