Spiritual Fruitfulness in Christ
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.
- Love is expressed as Gods unconditional love characterized by self-sacrifice.
- Peace is Gods sovereign love and acceptance
- Kindness is to emulate the kindness God has shown us
- Joy is based on spiritual blessings and not material things
- Self-control refers to control of our fleshy desires
- Gentleness expresses Gods humility in dealing with others.
- Faithfulness is the Christian being trustworthy as God
- Goodness refers to moral purity and righteousness of God
- Patience is when a Christian endures unfair treatment by others the same way Christ did.
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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”
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.
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”.
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Thirst for Spiritual Fulfilment
Jesus used parables and everyday object to teach. He used thirst and water to explain eternal truths.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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