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Spiritual Fruitfulness Of Believers
Text: John 15:1-8 IBCSS February 12, 2006
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
Fruitfulness is not only a good sign of life, but also an excellent mark of maturity. The high quality and quantity of fruits being yielded by a branch largely depend on its good usage of nutrients from a particular source and how it is protected from destructive elements. A well-nourished and well-protected branch surely bears delightful fruits. What a comparable analysis when it comes to the believers' spiritual productiveness.
Beyond doubt, the principles of spiritual productiveness could be learned from the Word of God. In John 15:5, it is written, I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV) This enlightening passage spoken by the Lord makes us realize that without Him no man could reach spiritual fruitfulness and maturity. Awareness of God's sustaining power in us gives us strength, encouragement, and a sense of confidence while we do things for the glory of God.
Spiritual fruitfulness comes from God and should be manifested consistently in the believer's life. It's so sad, but true, that many professing believers could show more secular advancement than spiritual growth. What a warning shot for us not to overlook the true purpose of our God-given life.
Apparently, in secular realm, smart people from all walks of life do not want to become unproductive in their chosen line of business because they know the unpleasant consequences of inadequacy. On the other hand, they grab all opportunities to gain more knowledge on how to become efficient and effective so they may gain a remarkable level of usefulness in their secular life. Truly, a man who desires success must be willing to learn the principles of productiveness, much more if he is a Christian who desires spiritual advancement.
Christians must be aware of their God-given privilege to excel in many areas of life, especially in their Christian Service. God wants His children to become fruitful not only in their secular life, but most of all, in their spiritual life.
The world's total campaign for secularism is now gaining an alarming edge, and many professing believers are being enticed and trapped by its deceitful offers. It's now high time for true believers to consider and apply the teachings of the Lord concerning spiritual fruitfulness so they may not become victims of secularism, but become spiritually fruitful for the glory of God.
(I) The Result Of The Relationship Of Believers To Christ
In John 15:1-2, it is written, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (KJV) These words spoken by the Lord vividly illustrate the importance of being attached to Him. Undoubtedly, we cannot bear fruits by ourselves, but through the working of Holy Spirit, we could bear delightful and God-glorifying fruits.
(II) The Result Of God's Pruning
John 15:3 John 17:17 II Timothy 3:16-17
-Through the Word of God
In John 17:17, it is written, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (KJV) This passage from the Bible reminds us of the sanctifying-power of the Word. Certainly, the believers' special love for the Word of God gives him an opportunity to be purged, nourished and strengthened spiritually. As a result, he will be blest and become prosperous in his works.
Without the Word of God, believer will never grow spiritually as he should. A consistent application of the Scriptures surely makes a Christian useful in the Lord's vineyard. In II Timothy 3:16-17, it is written, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV) In times of unproductiveness, we really need the Bible.
(III) The Result Of Abiding In Christ
May we not only enjoy the abiding presence of God in our lives, but we also enjoy abiding in Him. In John 15:6, it is written, If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (KJV) The verse should not be taken lightly, but wisely. We must keep in mind that uselessness is a heartbreaking result of living outside the will of God.
Spiritual fruitfulness is not an overnight thing. It starts with spiritual relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ through faith in Him. The life-changing Word of God cannot be ignored in the process, but contributes a significant part in the believers' sanctification. Ultimately, the believers' strong attachment to the Lord will surely pave his way to spiritual productiveness. Abide in the Lord and be amazed of His miraculous working in you and through you.
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