Determinate tomatoes grow like a bush. Their growth is determined. They will only reach a certain height and maturity, then bear nearly all of their fruit at once.
Indeterminate tomatoes grow like a vine. Their growth is undetermined, meaning that they will keep growing and setting fruit as long as there is a growing season. If you prune them properly, they may grow over 10 feet tall in one season. However, if you don’t prune them properly, they will look like any other determined tomato plant.
These two main types of tomatoes have me thinking about individual Christians and the church body. Are we more like an uncontrolled, determinate tomato whose growth reaches a certain maturity and then stops? Or are we more like an indeterminate tomato plant, who with intentional pruning from the Master Gardener—Jesus—keep growing and maturing and setting fruit as long as we live? Do we continue to excel more and more?
If we are going to be a church that fulfills our vision of deep roots and bearing fruit, we have to grow both as individuals and as a church body.
2 Peter 3:18 says,
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
“excel still more”
“But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Eph. 4:15-16).
Pray that God would grow our church body and mature it (Col. 2:19; 1 Cor. 3:5-9)!
Pray about how God would have you serve this fall!
Living for Christ with you,