This month, inspired by the present harvest season, we have been exploring how fruitfulness is expressed in our lives as Christians, through character and answered prayer.
A third way we bear fruit is through reproducing our life in others. In the natural world, everything is designed to reproduce after its own kind: apple trees produce more apple trees, giraffes, more giraffes, and humans, human babies.
And in the spiritual sphere it is just the same: we should expect to reproduce the life of Christ in others.
One of the things we can do to change the climate is worship.
(1 Chronicles 15, 16). In it he put the Ark of the Covenant, on which rested the presence of God. This tent broke all the ‘rules’: the Ark wasn’t placed behind a curtain, it was on view for all the priestly worshippers to see. David himself, from the tribe of Judah (meaning ‘praise’), representing a new priestly order, was able to worship unhindered before it.
Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name’,
says the Lord, who does these things, things known from long ago.
[Amos 9:11,12 (Septuagint), Acts 15:16-18]
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