Fruitfulness

Mount Everest

Do you hope for fruitfulness in your life today?

I do.  I long to do much for the glory of God, the advancement of his kingdom, the spread of the Gospel, the increase of the fame of Jesus.  In other words, I want to be fruitful. In response to such longings, my heart is inclined to work harder, do more, and expend more effort to “make it happen.”

But Jesus says this to his disciples when they wonder about fruit-bearing (see: a fig tree with no figs) ::

“Have faith in GOD.” (Mark 11:22)

Four simple words.

Powerful beyond measure.

The instruction of Jesus is to turn from self, and to trust God. Rest in him. Take note of what this means – the response to the desire for fruit is not to focus on the fruit, or to focus on self, but to focus on God.  Jesus says our concern should be faithfulness, leaving the fruit to the Father.

And here is the thing: he could have left it at that, but he didn’t.

Mark 11.23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Maybe today you are facing the seemingly impossible, something that feels a bit like having to throw a mountain into the sea?  It is something you want to accomplish for the glory of God.  You want to bear spiritual fruit as you do it.  It feels like there are obstacles to completing it.  Jesus tells us that we can, we should, we must turn to God in that moment and have confidence – a bold confidence – that HE IS ABLE.

Brother or sister…

Phil. 4.19 [Our] God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

As the day now begins, let’s turn to him together.  Let’s trust him together for what we need, that we may be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“Father, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Resting in him with you,

Pastor Matthew

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