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"Bearing Fruit for God"

Date published: 10/16/2010

Matthew 25:26-27 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.’”  (NIV)

These verses come from the parable of the talents where three men were given 5, 2, and 1 talent respectively.  These verses refer to Jesus’ response to the man who did nothing with the talent given him.  The parable of the talents should give you both comfort and angst concerning God’s calling in your life.  It should give you comfort because God only expects you to produce according to the talents He has given you.  No more and no less. On the other hand, it should give you angst because you should be fruitful in some way for God’s kingdom.  Your fruitfulness is not measured against the fruitfulness of others; your fruitfulness is measured against what God has sown in your life.  God did not save you to “vegetate in Him,” but to bear fruit for Him.  John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.”  As you walk intimately with Jesus in prayer and Bible reading every day, you will strongly sense and receive areas of fruitfulness in which God is leading you. Embrace where God is leading you so that He might produce fruit through you!  John 4:34 says, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work.’”  Do not be like the man who showed up with only what was given to him; instead hear what God has for you so that you can take hold of the life for which He created you! 

Colossians 1:10 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”  (NIV)