What does it mean to be fruitful Christians? It is God’s desire that each of us should be fruitful for the glory of His name. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.” (John 15:16, ESV)
As Christians we should not remain barren and unproductive. God created us for a purpose, He formed us in our mother’s womb and He wants us to be fruitful in our life so that our surroundings can enjoy the fruits we produce.
How to become fruitful Christians:
1. Meditate and hold steadfast to the Word of God
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalms 1:1, ESV). The key to prosperity is to meditate on His Word. Believe and hold steadfast to the Word of God to bear fruits in due time. Dwelling in God’s Word will not only make us fruitful, but it will also sanctify us. We need to be cleansed by the Word of God. “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3, ESV)
2. Understand that we have been born by imperishable/incorruptible seeds
God wants us to understand that He has given us incorruptible seeds to bear divine fruits. As His precious children, we can always come into His presence by making us partakers of His divine nature. We can develop intimacy with our Father in Heaven through fellowship with the Holy Spirit God. “We have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” (1 Peter 1:23, ESV). God has given us His imperishable seeds and now we should do our part to become a fruitful Christian.
What kind of fruit is God seeking from us?
1. Fruit of Repentance
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8, ESV) • Prodigal Son – Self-realization, he soon realized he was nothing and needed to change his ways. We need to repent and go back to the Father, examine our own life.
2. Fruit of Good Works
“so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1:10, ESV) Do good for the Lord and let our work glorify God.
3. Fruit of Souls
“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.” (Romans 1:13, ESV). The acceleration of harvest of lost souls - Amos 9:13,
4. Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23, ESV) • Constantly learn to forgive and walk in the love of God.
5. Fruit of Righteousness
Phil 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
We can only become fruitful Christians when we do our part conscientiously. The Bible often uses the metaphor of fruits to describe the produce of our life. A life surrendered to Jesus will bear much fruit as Christ uses us to shine for this fallen world. The true followers of Christ will be recognized by their fruit. God is able to make us fruitful as we partner with Him, hence as a result of our fruitful life, Christ is glorified, we grow to be more like Him and others will come to know Jesus. Amen!