You are expected to bear fruit regardless of your circumstances. Fruitfulness requires action. If you want something to happen then you need to take action. You cannot expect to see fruit if you do not sow or plant. Fruitfulness does not appear magically. You reap what you sow. You receive what you put in.
Fruitfulness is not allocated to only certain groups of people. All of us are expected to be fruitful. In Genesis 1 God instructed man and woman to be fruitful and to multiply.
Are you being fruitful wherever you are right now?
If things look withered, then it is time to reflect and uproot the cause of the inability to bear fruit. Hopelessness is not your portion. It must go.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches (John 15). He instructs that if we remain in Him and His words remain in us, that is, if we are deeply connected to Him and whatever He says lives in our hearts, whatever we ask for we shall receive.
The reality is that branches receive nutrients from the vine. The branch survives based on what it receives from the vine. In other words the kind of fruitfulness we seek can only be found when we are connected to Christ.
As the branch and Christ is the Vine, is your connection to the vine secure enough to produce fruit? Is there anything blocking you from receiving the nutrient from Christ to be fruitful?
You are not a one-time fruit bearer.
God did not create us to be one time fruit bearers. The Scripture teaches us that “every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]” (John 15:1-2).
If you are a gardener or farmer, you prune dead or withered parts because you do not want what you have invested in to be destroyed. You engage in the cutting off of growth blockers because your investment has the capacity to grow. It can bear fruit and you want it to look its best. You want it to produce the best.
You are God’s investment. He wants you to bear fruit and that is why He has cut off dead things around you. When you bear fruit, He helps you to continue to bear more fruit.
You are expected to bear fruit that remains and that means notwithstanding circumstances, we must remain in Christ and continue to bear fruit.
Even if strong and strange winds blow that try to interfere with our fruit-bearing process, we continue to produce. We do not give up. We do not wait to be cut off. We persist with the belief that because we are attached to the Vine, our efforts will not be seedless. God has “appointed and placed and purposefully planted you” to make things happen.
You cannot pretend to bear fruit because fruitlessness has consequences.
It is in the Bible. John 15:2 teaches that “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away.” The Lord expects to see our fruits.
In Matthew 21:18-22, “As Jesus was returning to the city, he was hungry. He saw a fig tree along the road, but when he came to it, he found nothing except leaves. Then he said to it, “You’ll never again bear fruit!” The fig tree dried up at once.”
To have a better understanding of the significance of the fig tree in this message, understand how it bears fruit. A fig tree produces fruits before the leaves show. However, in this case it had leaves but no fruit. It had the appearance of fruitfulness but bore no fruit.
In our lives and walk with Christ, do we feign fruitfulness?
People see you on social media as fruitful but in reality there is no impact, no spiritual fruitfulness. We know not the hour or time the Master comes but if He comes today, will He find you fruitless? Think about it.
It is your time to bear fruit. Are you ready? Do you have dead things attached to you that need to be pruned? Think about it so you can get your blessing and live more abundantly.