“That bringeth forth his fruit in his season.”
There is, in the life of a child of God, a season for bearing fruit. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a time to every purpose under the sun. If we look at John 15 we will find that the Lord expects us to bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. We are to live fruitful lives. In looking at Galatians 5:22-23 we find just what the fruit of the spirit is. Love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. If we truly love as we should we will be able to do and have all these qualities. All of these qualities stem from love.
It is also worth noting that not all of us are going to bear all the same fruit as far as the flesh is concerned, this fruit is a result of our works. But the fruits here spoken of are those which every child of God is supposed to have.
In our day there is a common misconception among church folks as to how to live a successful, or a victorious Christian life. When most Christians think of a fruitful ministry they think of a ministry which wins a large number of souls to the Lord. That is a very grand thing but it is not a work which we can do. God is the One who wins souls. We are the mere sowers of the seed of the Gospel. The work of winning souls belongs to the Lord alone. What we must do is win souls to ourselves and God can work through us and our testimony to win souls to Himself.
Some believe that prosperity marks a bountiful or successful ministry or Christian life; Far from true. You could have all the wealth in the world and still be the most miserable human being on the face of the earth. Money does not make you a success, and by the same token, many conversions does not make the minister a success.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I want to see people saved, and that should be our objective as Christians. Yet our most important goal in this world is not to see souls saved, but to Glorify Him. We should want to see people come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, but not at the expense of making statistics or numbers our “sacred cow” in our ministry. We are to follow the first and great commandment first of all, to love God with all our heart. That is to be first of all. To love and serve God is our first order of business, all else is second place.
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
We need to consider our misconcep-tions concerning fruit bearing. We have come to the place that we believe that bearing fruit is seeing the results of our ministry in conversions (or professions), wealth, growth, etc. But if we step back and take a look at fruit and the tree we may learn a lesson which has been long forgotten. In order to live a fruitful Christian life we must do some things.
I. We must realize what fruit is…
A. It is a product of the tree which
1. it comes from the tree – the root –
Leaves – light – water
2. it does not come too the tree, but
from the tree
B. It is there to produce life…
1. it receives what it has from God
and others partake of it
II. We must realize where it comes from…
A. Light – the leaves manufacture life
sustaining food w/light
B. Water – the root brings water from
the earth to sustain life
C. Oxygen – air to breathe
III. We must realize that good fruit does not make a good
tree but it marks a good tree…
A. a tree is known by it’s fruit
B. lacking fruit is a sign of a lack
IV. Vs. 3
A. A thirsty tree can not produce
B. A blind tree can not produce
C. A smothered tree can not produce
Any lack of light, water, or air will have a definite effect upon the productivity of the tree.
How can we be fruitful Christians?
Only by getting plenty of the “Light” of being in His presence; and taking in plenty of the “Water” of His word; under the leadership of the Holy Spirit our breath or “Air”
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