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Bearing Fruit In The Kingdom of God

Bearing Fruit In The Kingdom

We serve in a Kingdom of sowing and reaping. God plants the seed and expects a harvest. He gave us His only begotten Son. Through his burial and resurrection he gave us eternal life unto salvation.

In the same manner, as long as we are here on this earth, there will be seed time and harvest. Whatever we plant or sow, we will reap in this life and the one to come. So the question becomes, what type of seeds are you planting and what kind of fruit are you bearing in God’s kingdom?

The reason I'm asking this question is because if we plant good seed, we will reap a good harvest. So, when I say plant good seed, I not only mean speaking the Word but doing the Word as well. It will bring forth good fruit and fruit that will remain.

There is a refiners fire that our Heavenly Father will judge our works and fruit. When they are tried in his righteous fire according to the word of God only the work sown in righteousness will come out as pure gold.

If our works are of selfish gain and motivated by pride or of any manner of the flesh, it will be burn up in this righteous fire. But if we hold fast to the words of Christ, it will instruct us in the ways of righteousness and the straight path.

This is very important because everyone will bear fruit but the question is what type of fruit are you bearing? It is also important that we find out while we're on this side of the Kingdom of God. Because once we are there (on the other side) it will be to late. We should check our fruit spiritually and give ourselves an inspection and see how the fruit in our life is fairing. Meaning we should check to see if our fruit will last in God’s kingdom or will it be burned away as dross.

We should check our posture spiritually, our stance, our conversation, our work, our laziness, our lack of effort, our motive and our intentions. I know we are limited on this side of Heaven but we are responsible for our souls and our fruit and what we do with it on this side.

I do my best to look at myself through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit with Jesus eyes, often. I think we should all do the same. Do you know that there will be rewards for the righteous before the throne of God. Yes, when our works are tried in the holy fire of God they will be tried in the holy flames of judgment and whatever comes out will be as pure gold. It will be our reward throughout eternity.

So this is my warning to you (and to myself), don’t be left fruitless; don’t be ashamed at the judgment of God; don’t be embarrassed at the lack of obedience. Choose to be a good fruit bearer today for the Kingdom of God.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3

Being fruitful for the Kingdom of God.
Rev. Varn E Brown, Sr.

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Bearing the Fruit of Good Works

by Minister Brown

Does Jesus really expect to find the fruit of good works in our lives? The best way to respond to that is to remind you of a story he told, "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. One day he went out to pick some figs, but he didn't find any. So he said to the gardener, 'For three years I have come looking for figs on this tree, and I haven't found any yet. Chop it down! Why should it take up space?'

The gardener answered, "Master leave it for another year. I'll dig around it and put some fertilizer on it to make it grow. Maybe it will have figs on it next year. If it doesn't, you can cut it down.'"
After that, I simply say, "Yes he does expect to find the fruit of good works in our lives." In case you hadn't realized it yet, the Word of God is a double-edged sword. Each time I teach this, I am forced to examine my own life for fruit that would remain. In doing so, I discovered some things that hinder us or help us in our quest to be more fruitful. Put these into practice and bear more fruit.   

FRUITFULNESS CULTIVATED
After reading the fig tree story, I noticed some things that I hadn't noticed the other 50 times I've read it. I noticed that Satan is a sure enemy against fruitfulness in our life.

But he is not the only enemy or even the biggest threat to our productive life in Christ. Our biggest threat to fruitfulness is ourselves. Many times we hinder ourselves with our own selfishness, worry, anxiety, desire for riches and failure to use what God gave us.

Oh yes, there's also our laziness, complacency, prayerlessness and busyness that may stop us from being fruitful long before Satan does his job to steal, kill and destroy.

To live more productive and fruitful lives in Christ, let's examine a few things that block us:

  • WORRY AND ANXIETY WILL CROWD OUT THE THINGS OF GOD.

Worry will hinder and even stop your crops from producing. Have you realized yet; worry is a sin. You can't trust God and worry at the same time. If you find yourself worried and anxious over something, stop, repent and make a decision to trust God. Don't worry; have faith in God.

  • FAILURE TO USE WHAT GOD GAVE YOU.

In the past, sometimes I would feel like crying when I thought about all the wasted time I spent doing NOTHING with my gifts from God. Since then, I've learned to stop that thought pattern quickly. I then stir up gratefulness. For when I did realize I was 'the servant that buried my talent, I changed.' How about you? Are you using your talents and gifts for the glory of God? If so, good for you! Keep it going. If not, it's not too late. Start now; use what God gave you and bear fruit.

  • PRAYERLESSNESS WILL CAUSE YOU TO HAVE NO FRUIT.

Remember the cycle of nature I mentioned earlier. The plants that bear the most fruit and the best crop are tended, watered, fertilized and nurtured. This represents prayer and time in the Word of God. Without prayer, your connection will be weak and you won't bear much fruit. So you know what I'm about to say. Yes. Pray more and bear more fruit. You will be well connected to the Vine and the spirit of Christ will empower you to bear the fruit of good works.
If you want to be fruitful in the Kingdom, do your best to have your heart prepared like good soil ready to receive God's message as seed. In time (seasons) you will produce a mighty harvest to the glory of God.

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