Producing Good And Lasting Fruits

         These times are indeed tough and increasingly difficult to truly be a child of God. Anyway…no matter how tough these times are, God expects us to shine as bright as the stars in our faith because Grace and strength is released to as many that call upon Him. We are in this race on earth to bear fruit, lasting ones for that matter; that will bring glory and honor to our Father in Heaven – it is our mandate! However, as a child of God, can you honestly say the fruit you produce on a daily basis is a testament of your sound relationship with God? Is the fruit good and would it last? You might argue that this is being judgmental but the Bible warns us to: “Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]…” (2 Corinthians 13:5a). In the business world for instance, organizations are in the business to make profit, thus, that desire to ensure their projected goals, growth and sustainability are met, they come up with standards, values and ethical codes by which their businesses, interrelationships between staff, employers, shareholders, customers, suppliers and all those in the value chain operate. These, they must test regularly so they do not become static, lose focus, lose their market share and fall into irrelevance. Any organization worth its salt does all it can to maintain these standards in its own niche. An organization operating without ethical standards and values is set up to fail, and it will eventually fail. 
          Likewise, as sons of God, the Lord has written His codes upon our hearts so that we will joyfully walk in agreement with Him and be fruitful: “I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction resides within me” (Psalm 40:8). His instruction within us ensures that we bear good and lasting fruit to His glory. The Pharisees felt they were great teachers because they thought they knew all there was to know about God, unfortunately the fruits of their lives were a testament of their hypocrisy and deceit in their walk with God. They sought to test the Master to see if He would make a mistake in order to justify their stance and their hypocrisy. One of them asked Him what was the greatest command, bearing in mind that there were so many of these commands: “And He replied to him, you shall love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39, AMP). If truly we love God, then we must bear fruits that are good and lasting because it is the testament of our relationship with God! 
          The Bible gives us a procedure on how we can carry out a litmus test on ourselves to prove that we truly love God: “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey his commands. For this is what love for God is: To keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: Our faith” (1John 5:2-4, AMP). You might argue that it is hard work or burdensome. Not True! The Bible assures us that God is not far from us and the fact that we are His: “[He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]” (2 Corinthians 1:22, AMP). With the Holy Spirit in us to direct, teach, remind and counsel us we will indeed be fruitful because we will always hear His voice telling us “This is the way, Walk in it”. When we walk in this manner we will not only be fruitful, our fruits will be good and they will last until the great Day. 
          Beloved, Jesus Christ is coming back again and there is no way we can reign with Him if our fruits do not last or are bad: “Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 3:10). Look up my friend and ask Him for help, He is beside you and He will never fail you. God bless you as you walk with Him, and may the fruit of your life be good and pleasing to Him in Jesus Christ name!

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