John 15:8 “This is to My Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my Disciples.”
Part 1 in this seven-part devotion series began with transformation where we learned to put on a new lens in our walk with God. In Part 2 we learned that humility, or being poor in spirit, will keep you in the hands of God. In Part 3 we learned the importance of people in our transformative process. Part 4 taught on how to activate your faith. Today you will learn the importance of being fruitful in transformation.
Three positions will pave your road to fruitfulness. Fruitfulness in your life with Christ almost always begins with repentance. Jesus said in Matthew 3:8, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Real fruit is often born out of God’s conviction on where He wants to take you. I often ask new Christians whether their life has improved or gotten more difficult. Almost always they say more difficult.
God has a lot of issues to work through with new believers as well as longtime followers of Christ. It is out of our repentance that God produces the change and fruitfulness for our new lives in Christ.
The second position is obedience which naturally follows repentance. Matthew 12:33 illustrates the change that comes through obedience: "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” It is never enough to know where God wants to take you. You must repent and obey, so that God can produce the fruit He desires for you.
The final position is being good soil. Transformation through fruitfulness is an ongoing process that will only happen if you continue to make your soil fertile for God’s work. Jesus said in Matthew 13:8, “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” God’s work in each believer is not static; it involves continually moving toward hearing God, obeying, and becoming like Christ.
Psalm 1:3 further illustrates becoming good soil, so that God can make you fruitful: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” You plant your life in Christ throughout each day. You do this knowing that everything in your Christian walk will flow out of your relationship with Christ.
Your life in Christ is not frozen in time; it is growing, expanding, and beautiful in experience. Planting your life in Christ each day allows for constant feeding and refreshment from God which results in a fruitfulness that satisfies. Never remove yourself from the Source of your life, but rather continue to grow in how you dwell in Him. Fruitfulness may not always look positive, or be comfortable, or easy. But know that God is using it for His kingdom purpose!
John 15:1-4 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”
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