Fruitfulness is essentially, of course, about reproduction. Apple trees bear apples with seeds which have the potential to become new apple trees, blackberries new bramble bushes and so on. So what is it that we as Christians are trying to reproduce?
Our mandate as believers is to reveal the person of Jesus to a needy world: not just His character, but His power & authority too – to bring Heaven to earth!
Look at these scriptures:
Before we panic, it is helpful to remember that a tree bears fruit, not as a result of stress & strain, but because of the life coursing through it – fruit comes from excess life in fact. So it is with us – we have been given the Holy Spirit for this exact purpose – to bear fruit in our lives. And it's His fruit – His character- His power – His authority. And it takes time - fruit trees don’t produce an abundant crop immediately!
I am so glad it's not down to my effort! But ... I have to be available to the Holy Spirit, and stay connected, for the life to flow.
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