Friends by the Special Grace of God, We are considering the issue of "fruitfulness" today. Being fruitful, what does it mean?
To be fruitful is to produce fruits abundantly, or to be prolific. fruitfulness is having the ability to be productive
Yeah I know many of us would say I am fruitful, I make so much profit from my business, My salary has increased in the past year or so . . . am a mother of these number of kids because when we hear fruitfulness our minds jump to the conclusion that it is about money, job promotion etc
Whereas God is saying something else . . . don't get me wrong, Personal fruitfulness is great, it is a good feeling to say I have this and that. especially when we compare ourselves with others we tend to feel superior in our achievements hence we can succinctly say we are fruitful in our own ways.
The Bible tells us much about fruitfulness and why our being fruitful is very important to God Almighty. You see the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the Vine and we are the branches therefore, we must be attached to Him to bear fruits and when we are not bearing fruits it means we are not of Him or partakers of the vine.
This express instruction and mind of God is seen in the Bible clearly in
John 15:1-5 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
The key to being fruitful doesn't necessarily have anything to do with your skills/knowledge neither has it got anything to do with our effort, will power, wealth or experience. . . though these are important factors for growth and personal fruitfulness but, "lets not forget that God gave us different gifts with which we can serve Him in our own different ways". what we are saying here is for you to be fruitful in the eyes of God you must be connected to the Vine (Jesus Christ) only in Him can we receive health and nutrients for bearing good fruits in our lives.
Fruit of the Spirit
As Christians we should focus more on the Spiritual Fruit. Spiritual fruits are the types of fruits we should strive to bear not that of temporary things that don't last.
Galatians 5:22-26. "22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Hold on! it is imperative to note here that this passage above shows us the types of fruits we ought to bear and we see why we need Jesus the Vine and the Holy Spirit of God to help us BEAR SUCH GOOD FRUITS. believe me nobody says it is easy to achieve them on our own. I Say We must be connected!
Further reading of the Bible will show how God wants every believer to bear fruits in Christ Jesus. Not only bearing such fruits but manifesting of the fruits also . . . We have to show forth the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives so as to be pleasing to God and to escape the ultimate wrath of God to Come.
Luke 3:8-9 8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
let us show show God our fruits today by being connected to the Vine in Jesus Mighty Name Amen.