17th March 2019
What runs through your mind, when you hear the word 'fruitfulness'? I always visualize the Vine and the branches. There would not be any point in planting a fruit tree, watering it and fertilizing it, if you never got any fruit from it. You would expect some fruit, if not you would cut it off. In the same way, God has created us with an expectation that we would be fruitful. Fruitfulness is the evidence of true discipleship.
God the Father is the gardener ( John 15:1) and He desires us to be fruitful. Jesus said "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). As branches cling to the vine, we cling to Christ, drawing our very life from him
If God is the gardener, then He also has every right to prune us. Pruning is the process where parts of plants are removed, usually branches or branch tips, to relieve the burden on the remaining parts of the plant, to cut out the broken parts. Thus, increasing the quality and quantity of the fruits. When Jesus prunes us, He cuts off parts of our lifestyle which may be tough for us to part with.
We can be fruitful in many ways. The fruitfulness begins in the heart with the fruit of the spirit. The inner fruit will affect our outward actions: our words and actions will then glorify the Lord. Mat 13:23 - "But He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some a hundredfold, some sixty and some thirty". The secret of fruitfulness is to have the kind of heart that is receptive to God's word.
Gal 5:22-23 " But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temprence...." It's time to look at ourselves and ponder where we need pruning and fertilization. Ask the Lord for guidance and tell him to show you the areas where you need correction. Then you can be fruitful throughout your life.