How to Be FruitfulJune 16, 2014
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Get rooted. Sustainability comes from being rooted and grounded in God. Burnout happens when we lose connection with our Source. We can see greater fruitfulness than we’ve ever thought possible as we learn how to rest in Jesus and let our roots grow deep in His Word and produce fruit in our lives. Read your Bible! It’s good for you!
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9
Let God prune you. God is the master gardener. He is more interested in our fruitfulness and advancement than we are. He prunes our branches so they can bear more fruit (John 15:1-2). We sometimes confuse activity with achievement – so stay yielded to the Lord and let Him show you His priorities. Pray about priorities. Constantly ask for His will to be done.
Stay hydrated. When you stay connected to your Source, by meditating on God’s Word and following His plan, you will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season (Psalm 1:3). Tenderize your heart and let your thoughts be reformed and renewed by staying in the Word. Your leaf will not wither and whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 3:3). Drink from the wells of salvation. Living Water is always available!
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Lord, I abide in the shadow of Your Wings (Psalm 91:1). You are my refuge and my fortress, God, and I trust You. I thank You, God, that You watch over Your Word to perform it. I look to You to increase fruitfulness in my life—prune off whatever needs to be removed. As I stay planted in the house of the Lord, I will flourish and yield fruit in old age!
fruit•ful adjective – Yielding or producing fruit. Conducive to an abundant yield. Abundantly productive.
God bless you!
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