ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Spiritual Fruitfulness in Christ

Updated on August 28, 2018
tony55 profile image

I am just a simple, hardworking webmaster who loves to write. My interests include traditional cultures, small business ideas, and movies.

Happy Grandparents

Happy Grandparents
Happy Grandparents | Source

Introduction

Spiritual fruitfulness is described as the outward expression of the inner nature of man. A simple analogy is that of the apple tree. In nature the type of tree you plant bare only the fruit expected.

For example an apple tree will not produce oranges but apples. If you plant a tree and it never bore fruit the individual would be disappointed. Fruits that fail to fulfil their intended purpose are put to the axe.

If you are truly a Christian what type of fruit are you expected to produce? If the inward nature of Christian is Christ therefore the fruit of Christians is the expression of his work and the person of Christ.

Description of Fruitful Life

According to Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” The fruit is described as the outward expression of the inward nature. While the fruit of the spirit is the expression of the person of Christ in our lives.

  1. Love is expressed as Gods unconditional love characterized by self-sacrifice.
  2. Peace is Gods sovereign love and acceptance
  3. Kindness is to emulate the kindness God has shown us
  4. Joy is based on spiritual blessings and not material things
  5. Self-control refers to control of our fleshy desires
  6. Gentleness expresses Gods humility in dealing with others.
  7. Faithfulness is the Christian being trustworthy as God
  8. Goodness refers to moral purity and righteousness of God
  9. Patience is when a Christian endures unfair treatment by others the same way Christ did.

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible

Expression of the Work of Christ

Christian faith is not passive but active because we are called to obey and believe. True faith requires complete obedience therefore every Christian is expected to work. The question is what work.

Christ work according to Luke 19: 10 is to seek and save what was lost. Matthew 20:29 the son of man did not come to be served but serve and to give his life as ransom for many. According to John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”

Christian Work

Our work is to go into the world and preach the good news to all creation. Born to live as Gods children to glorify, obey Him and teach others forgiveness that they escape the coming judgment.

Indispensable Steps to Spiritual Fulfilment

Key to Fruitfulness

According to john 15:5 “I am the vine, you the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” To apply this injunction the person needs to remain in Christ by confessing all sins and allowing Christ fill every part of your life.

Hindrance to a Fruitful Life

Hindrance to a fruitful life is best described in Mark 4:2-8, 13-20. The bible passage refers to a parable taught by Jesus Christ talking about a farmer that sow his seeds. The famer scattered the seed some fell on the path, others on rocky places, and others on thorns while some fell on good ground.

The ones that fell on the path were eaten by birds, rocky places sprang up quickly and died from the scourging sun. The one that fell in thorns were choked while those on good soil grew and produced fruit.

Jesus explained that some people are like seeds sown on the path. As soon as they receive the word Satan comes and takes it away. Those that fall on rocky places receive the word with joy but have shallow roots and last a short time.

Those that fall among thorns hear the word but worries of life, deceitful wealth and desires choke the word from their hearts. While those that fell on good soil produce bountiful crop hundred times sown.

Four Soils

The path refers to a person hardened by sin and the word of God is not received. The rocky soil refers to a person that relates to God superficially.

The thorny soil refers to someone distracted by the world. The good soil receives, trusts and obeys Gods word.

There is more to life than fulfilling physical needs. The purpose for our creation is spiritual relationship with God. Until Christ fills the vacuum in our lives we will constantly search for something in the world.

Essential qualities to a life worth living are love, hope, faith. God created us to live meaningful lives. He promises hope to the question, ‘where am I going’. Love relates to our spiritual need of self-worth which describes a valuable life and answers the question “Who Am I”.

Child reading the bible

A child reading the bible
A child reading the bible | Source

Thirst for Spiritual Fulfilment

Jesus used parables and everyday object to teach. He used thirst and water to explain eternal truths.

False Fulfilment

False fulfilment depends on areas where we find security, self-worth and significant. False fulfilment are found in work, money, friends and possessions. Others are husband, wife, good deeds, appearance, investments accomplishment and degrees. Finding fulfillment in the world is temporary.

A happy Family

A happy family
A happy family | Source

True Fulfilment

True fulfilment is finding fulfilment in God. Fulfilment in God is permanent, complete and frees us from craving. How to know if you find fulfilment in God.

If the items listed in false fulfilment elicit anxiety, anger or violence then you are not finding fulfilment in God. However those that find fulfilment in God will not experience loss because nothing can separate us from God.

The Blessed Man

The blessed man does not walk in the council of the wicked, stand with sinners, seat with mockers. The blessed man is like a tree planted by a stream that bares fruit in season whose leaf does not wither.

Real Significance

The greatest significance we can experience is provided by God. The lord placed us as light for the gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.

Bringing Christ to the world is the underline purpose of the Christian. The Christians future is to reign with Christ forever in the coming kingdom.

Real Self-worth

God values us beyond imagination for he sent his only son in atonement for our sins. The worth of anything is determined by the price paid.

Real Security

According to Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” the Lord declares that he knows the plans for us, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give us a future and hope.

© 2018 femi

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Rachel Alba 

      5 months ago

      This is a wonderful article. It is wonderful to express your believe in Christ. I too am a believer and have faith and love for Jesus Christ who made us and gave His life for us.

      Blessings to you.

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      21 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      DO NOT BE DECEIVED MY BELOVED:

      God;s unconditional love does not exist. The AVAILABILITY of God's love is unconditional, all can receive it if they are willing to meet the conditions set by the Lord of this age, Jesus Christ the son of God.But contrary to what the churchmen of the church system of men teach there ARE CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE IT, it is NEVER FREE. You must REPENT and CHANGE those are conditions. Then you must be baptized in water and the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD and SUBMIT the the Spirit, that makes it conditional. And you MUST ENDURE to the END to actually RECEIVE it. God's love will only be unconditional after the judgment and ONLY TO THOSE entering the eternal kingdom of GOD. BECAUSE ONLY THOSE ARE SONS THAT HAVE PAID THE PRICE

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)