Bought by the Blood

February 8, 2009

Bearing Fruit

What more was there to do for my vineyard,
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
-Isaiah 5:4

My prayer as I read this passage is that this will not be the church.  God has done so much for His people.  He has given us His Word so that we may know Him and commune with Him.  He has initiated a relationship with us by calling us from sin and darkness to live lives of holiness as our spiritual act of worship.  Because of our inability to answer that call He has given us His Holy Spirit that gives us new life.  To make a way possible for us to be in relationship with Him and not consumed by His wrath, He has sent His Son to live the life we couldn’t live and die the death that we deserved, He became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  All that we have contributed to this relationship is our sin, which shows our need.

A common misconception of bearing fruit is winning many people to Christ or having a ministry that many people are in awe of.  Bearing fruit isn’t what we produce, because none of us are able to produce anything.  We can only sow seeds and water seeds, but it is God who produces the harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).  Fruit is an overflow of the Spirit filling us, evidenced by an increase in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  We bear fruit through our union with Christ which empowers us to live and walk by the Spirit as we put to death our sin (John 15:1-10 and Galatians 5:15-25).

We have been set free from sin and bondage, made alive by the blood of Christ.  Therefore, we are called not to be wild grapes, but to bear good fruit for God’s kingdom.  He has done everything that we need to bear fruit.  He has equipped us and strengthened us, now all we need to do is be faithful and go, confident that He will work in us to accomplish His plan.  This passage is not intended for individuals, but for the church.  No Christian can fulfill God’s call on His own, but needs to be in community with others.  When in community with others we can encourage one another and bring observations on how to grow into greater Christ likeness.  As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).


1 Comment »

  1. It is true, we can do nothing on our own.

    One summer afternoon, I was sitting at my dining room table drinking a cup of tea and I sensed the Lord was beckoning me to go up to the vegetable garden. I obeyed and went. When I got there, I sensed His Presence quiet me. Then I heard Him say, “What did you do to make these grow?” The answer was obvious.

    Our fruitfulness comes from Him alone. Thanks for the post.

    Comment by findingthemotherlode — February 8, 2009 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

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