“That bringeth for 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 we find “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:” Love is first on the list and all that follows stems from that love. If we truly love as we should we will be able to do and have the others.
How to live a fruitful life
How to have a bountiful harvest
(keep in mind that blessed, happy, and successful are inseperable)
In our day there is a common misconception among children of God 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 great number of souls to the Lord. That is a work which we can not do. That work belongs to the Holy Spirit. What we must do is win souls to ourselves and God can work through us and our witness by the wooing of the Holy Spirit to win souls to Himself.
Some believe that prosperity marks a bountiful, successful, or victorious Christian life. Far from true; you could have all the wealth in the world and still be the most miserable human being on earth. Money does not make you a success, and many conversions do not make you a success.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I want to see people saved. That should be our objective in ministry. Our most important goal as far as the work of the ministry is to see someone saved. But that should not be our greatest desire. Our greatest desire should be to fulfill the first and greatest commandment which we find in Matthew 22:36-38. To love God.
I believe I am beginning to understand where the problem is with our understanding of fruit bearing. We have come to the place that we believe that bearing fruit is seeing the results of our ministry in conversions, wealth, growth, etc.
If we step back and take a more careful 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 bears it
1. it comes from the tree, root, leaves, light, water, air
2. it does not come to the tree, but from the tree
B. It is there to produce life
1. it receives what it has from God and others come to the tree to partake of it
II. We must realize where it comes from
A. Light absorbed by the leaves produces food for the tree
Jesus is the light, the bread of life
B. Water is transferred by the root
Faith is the root of our salvation and it makes the Word
“water” known to us that we may grow thereby
C. Oxygen-air, the air is a picture of the Spirit of God the
Breath of Life
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 the fruit it bears
B. lacking fruit is a sign of lacking elsewhere
IV. Look now at verse 3
A. A thirsty tree can not produce
B. A blind tree can not produce
C. A smothered tree can not produce
D. a lack of a) water b)light c)or air will kill a tree
V. How can Christians be fruitful?
A. Stay in His word (water, drink deep of the scriptures)
B. Stay in His will (air, led of the Spirit)
C. Stay in His presence (Light, at His feet in prayer,)