BE FRUITFUL

"I have ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit (Jn 15.16)."

Our aim in life should be to bear fruit. When we meet Jesus we want Him to say to us: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant:... enter into the joy of the Lord (Mt 25.21).

To be fruitful we have to plant seeds (Lk 8.5-15, Mk 16.15 & 1 Cor 1.21). It takes three seconds to tell another - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." after asking them if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) thus allowing them to believe on Christ. The holy Spirit enters their heart when they believe and begins producing the fruit of the Spirit, "love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance Gal 5.22-23)." So fruit can be defined as the souls we win through preaching the gospel (Pr 11.30, 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15) and the fruit of the Spirit produced in the lives of them that believe (Gal 5.22-23).

"We know that the whole world lies in wickedness (1 Jn 5.19)." The nature of man is sinful (Gal 5.19-21), but we give mankind the opportunity to believe on Christ and be born of God by preaching the gospel to them (1 Jn 5.1). Then they produce good fruit (Mt 7.16-18). Preaching the gospel to others (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3-4) and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mt 28.20) turns the world right-side up and when the gospel has been preached to every person in every nation Christ will return and takes us to be with him forever (Mk 16.15, Mt 24.14 & 30-31, 1 Cor 15.22-34, Jn 5.25-29 & 1 Thes 4.13-18). Christ's return is called 'the blessed hope' (Tit 2.13).

"Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, so shall you be my disciples (Jn 15.8)." We bear fruit by preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to do the same (Mk 16.15, Mt 28.20 & Lk 8.5-15). "Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things I say (Lk 6.46-49)?" Do you remember what happened to the fig tree Jesus found no fruit on (Mt 21.19)? How about the man who buried his talent (Mt 25.30)? "Behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal (Jn 4.35-36)." "Why stand you here idle all the day... Go into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive (Mt 20.7)."

We bring forth much fruit (Jn 15.16) by preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). Then when we meet Jesus he will say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant... Enter into the joy of the Lord (Mt 25.21). Let's be fruitful.

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