Thank you to Julie Snobelen for this writing plan!
In order to produce the fruit, there must first be flowers. Flowers are usually beautiful and fragrant and produce sweet nectar so that pollinating insects are attracted to them, although some only require the wind.
A lot of a plants energy goes into making flowers, but most flowers do not last long. They fade quickly once their purpose is fulfilled.
I think flowers are a bit like the sacrifices we make to serve others and do the will of God – our will given up to produce the character of God within us and make us holy. When we do God`s will, it is the glory of man, and it creates “an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).