Sat. Sep 19th, 2020
The Local Church as a Place of Refuge

Fruitfulness

Text: John 12: 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Fruitfulness is a command from God.
After the creation of man, God gave man a command to be fruitful and multiply the earth. Genesis 1:28
To be fruitful is the ability to reproduce, the ability to impact, and be productive.
Men of fruits are men with results.
Men of fruits are men of impact.
Beloved, when we live below a commandment, we sin against God.
An event played out in the scripture, which reveals to us that men ought to be fruitful, in and out of season.
It makes us understand that a believer who waits for a particular season will never produce any fruit.
Speaking on this, the Bible tells us how Jesus cursed a fig tree because of barrenness, despite it wasn’t her season to bear fruit, but the master was hungry and needed to eat of the tree. Mark 11:12-25.

We have many believers with leaves like that fig plant, but no fruit in them.
Without the fruit of God’s spirit, you don’t belong to God.
We must be fruitful, for we don’t know when the master would want to make use of us.
How can I be fruitful to fulfill God’s command?
John 15: 4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

A life hidden in Christ Jesus is like a tree planted by the river side, which bears fruit at her season.
It is like a life built on a rock, having the capacity to withstand the world, the caterpillars, the cankerworms of this world.
Beloved, embrace Christ, trust in Him alone and never lean on your understanding.
For in Him is our future, our hope and our entire being.

Shalom.