Looking for fruit

cherry-212601_640Luke 13:6: And he began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which has been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.

The bible says that we have been made for the pleasure of God, for his enjoyment (Revelation 4:11). As it were, he seeks fruit from us and we are to give him fruit like the owner of the tree in the focus verse sought fruit from it.

And we have fulfilment to the extent that we have given God pleasure, that we have pleased him. Paul prayed for the church in Colosse that they needed to please God in everything (Colossians 1:9-10).

God has served us in Jesus’s sacrifice, helping us to move away from sin. Now we are to serve him by the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to our heart to produce fruit of righteousness, he helps us to manifest the love of God (Galatians 5:22-23), thereby enabling us to serve God as we yield to him and bear many more fruit.

Without seed there cannot be fruit, so instead of worrying about lack of fruit, we need to pay attention to having the appropriate seed. Instead of worrying about the result, why not worry about the preparation? The bible says that the preparation of the heart belongs to man while the answer of the tongue, belongs to God (Proverbs 16:1).

Jesus Christ prepared for a three-year ministry with thirty years of preparation, so there was a decade of preparation for a year of performance, there was 10years of digging deep for one year of manifestation of fruit.

Jesus says that our fruit-bearing is based on our positioning in him. He said we need to abide in him, so we can bear much fruit.

He is the perfect one, and the ball is in our court to be in the right connection with him. When we are not correctly connected with Jesus there will be no power in our life to produce the right fruit. Jesus said that without him we can do nothing.

He is the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24) and power is defined as the ability to do work. Without him we are devoid of all ability to express life, to bear fruit, since he is life.

We are called to declare Jesus is Lord, and Paul said that that cannot be done except we are moved the Spirit (1Corinthians 12:1-3). He said no man can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit, bearing the fruit of the lordship of Jesus in our lives is based on our being influenced by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit came from Jesus to us just as the sap come from the vine to the branches and the fruit-bearing of the disciples is based on that. To the limit that we experience the flow of the Holy Spirit we will bear fruit.

Paul even prayed for the church in Corinth that they have the fellowship of the Holy Spirit abiding with them (2Corinthians 13:14). Paul was careful to inform us not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Maybe he did it once and he experienced how that affected his fruit-bearing negatively.

If you grieve the one who serve as your connection with the Christ, how will you function by his life? And the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life (Romans 8:1-2).

Your call in life is about helping others to bear more fruit and removing from their path what hinders fruit bearing. And you are only as relevant as you have enhanced the fruit-bearing of others. Jesus is the ultimate relevant man because all true fruit bearing ultimately links to him.

There are people that God will be sending to you, over time, and you are supposed to enhance them, not suppress them. Jesus was enhanced as he enhanced others. He enhanced Peter, making him to be a fisher of men (Mark 1:17).

Even after Peter denied him, he reaffirmed him, asking him to feed his sheep (John 21). And after Jesus ascended to heaven he stood up to be counted, bearing fruits as enhanced by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We are unique because of our fruit bearing and not what we advertise about ourselves. Paul said that he is not like some who go about with letter of recommendation, seeking approval from men, adding that if he still pleased men he would not be a servant of God (Galatians 1:10). He sets out to please God and that is the meaning of bearing fruit.

If there is a fruit on the tree, it will please the owner, it has taken nutrient from the land, enjoyed rain from above, and it will yield fruit if it was the right seed.

In a parable of the wheat that Jesus gave after their seeds were sown in a field, while men slept the enemy came to sow tares (Matthew 13:24-30). The tears will not yield the desired fruit, but was on a good ground, and was protected, but it had no usefulness, except to be fuel for fire.

God has decided to burn off what does not bear fruit to him at the end. At a time, God dealt with the “tares” in the earth with a flood, saving only the few who were able to find their way into the ark God prepared through Noah in obedience. They more the fruit of obedience to God.

That was the first book of the bible. In the last book of the bible, Jesus threatened to remove the lamp-stand of a church which was not bearing the right fruit (Revelation 2:5). He was not going to tolerate their lack of fruits any more.

The removal of their light is the removal of himself, the withdrawal of himself from their midst, withdrawal of the Holy Spirit. It means they have grieved the Holy Spirit that he had decided to reject them.

God told Saul: because you have rejected me, you have been rejected from being king (1Samuel 15:23). However he still spend decades more as king. Also there are churches and places of worship where the life of Christ had departed, they no longer attract seekers of God, because the presence of God is not manifest there.

They maintain the status-quo and not to press on into more of God. They have stopped digging deep in their root for them to bear more fruit. God said that he was going to remove the trees that are not bearing fruit and we will see more of that as time goes on.

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