FRUITFULNESS!

FRUITFULNESS! One of the biggest fears of older people is that they are no longer of any use to anyone. In fact many worry about being a burden to other people. For the most part the older people I know, especially the older Christian people, want to be fruitful in life and bring blessings to other people. This lines up well with what the Psalmist said, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him,’” (Psalm 92:12-15 NIV). Yes, even with the infirmities of old age godly Christians are concerned about being fruitful for Jesus and sharing about God’s love and righteousness. The fruit may come in new and different ways but God will use them just the same.

On the other hand I am concerned about Christian people of all ages who fail to be fruitful for the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,” (John 15:5 NIV). Spiritual fruitfulness is a characteristic of a Christian and it should be seen in a Christian’s life in many ways. After all Jesus said a true Christian living in close relationship with Him would bear much fruit. No fruitfulness in a Christian’s life certainly indicates a problem or maybe multiple problems because without the presence and power of Jesus in a life a person can “do nothing.”

Every Christian in every stage of life should be bearing fruit for God. The Psalmist said blessed is the person “whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers,” (Psalm 1:2-3 NIV). Fruitfulness should be exhibited throughout a Christian’s life (“in season”) from an early age to old age. How sad it is to see people who profess to be Christians who bear no spiritual fruit in their life and appear to “walk in step with the wicked” as the Psalmist stated in Psalm 1:1. As you reflect on the Word of God today and apply it to your life what do you see in the realm of fruitfulness for God. ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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