For a couple weeks I have been pondering:
So then, you will know them by their fruits. ~ Matthew 7:20
Today, I just want to take a couple minutes and think about the flip side of abiding. We have been talking about how to abide in Christ, how to be plugged in. We looked at the fact that if you are connected to the vine, fruit comes naturally.
I wanted to weave in one final word on fruit today, from Jesus’ parable of the soils.
…the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. ~ Mark 4:19
If walking by the Spirit is how to bear fruit, and it is, then these three bits of ugly will completely undermine all your aspirations to bear Godly fruit. These three life activities demonstrate that you are not abiding, or walking in the Spirit.
- Worries of the world
- Deceitfulness of riches
- Desires of other things
Three (not so) little (not so) white lies our enemy uses to keep us from fruitfulness.
- Lie One: You can’t trust God.
- Lie Two: God is holding you back.
- Lie Three: God is not enough.
Don’t fall for this garbage – There is no safety, no satisfaction, no true joy, outside the place of abiding.
I can tell you from experience, the Christian life without fruit is miserable. Walking through a life marked with worry, greed or lust while trying to pull off Christianity will turn into a life sentence rather than life abundant.
Today, my call to you is: go 'all in', fix your eyes on Jesus, and plug into the vine. [Tweet This]
That is the recipe for the ABUNDANT life:
Come back soon!