God’s requirements for Fruithfulness
The good news is God wants his children to be fruitful. He wants your life to be meaningful and impactful and not just to be an ordinary episode of mediocrity. He wants you to be balanced in all areas of your life; spirit, soul and body. The scripture says in 3John:2
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou Mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth”
He not only wants us to be fruitful but has provided everything that we need through his word, the same way you provide everything for your children when they go to school. 2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and Godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.” (NET)
The subject of fruitfulness is so vital to God’s creation that the first words God spoke to Adam and Eve were “Be fruitful and multiply” Genesis 1:28. It was the first of many commandments God gave man to emphasize their purpose on earth and to sink it into man’s consciousness that mediocrity was not an option and unproductiveness was and still is against the covenant. Throughout the scriptures, God continues to reiterate the issue of fruitfulness. In Genesis 9:1,
“…. and God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, be fruitful and multiply…. “
In Psalm 105:24, “…and he caused his people to be fruitful, and made them stronger than their adversaries.”
God does not take glory in your barrenness. While we may not want to use material wealth as the sole yardstick to measure fruitfulness, it is also important to note that poverty relegates you to the bottom of life which is not God’s plan for his children. He said in Isaiah 60:22,
“the least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. God is happy when you are prosperous. Psalm 35:27… ‘Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servants’. ESV. Jesus said in John 15:1-2, I am the true vine and my father is the gardener, He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit.
It is important to note that your fruitfulness is tied to your constant connection to Jesus.
GOD’S IDEA OF FRUITFULNESS
In our quest for fruitfulness or productivity, we must not confuse material wealth only as God’s idea of fruitfulness. Cars, houses, fame and wealth are not necessarily bad but they cannot singularly be the standard for measuring fruitfulness. For a believer, any increase in material wealth without a corresponding increase in spirituality is not to be envied. In Psalm 37:1, the bible says,
“Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed…” (NET)
The story of the rich fool in Luke 12:15-21 also illustrates this fact. He had everything, he must have been termed successful by the world or confused as fruitful or blessed by the believer but his life had no bearing before God because he did not consider God at all.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FRUITFULNESS
1 BE SPIRITUAL:
Psalm 1:1-3 says,
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the LORD. And on his law he meditates day and night. He said he is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. “(ESV)
Spirituality remains the foundation for fruitfulness that is enduring. How do we know if we are spiritual? Rom 8:16 says
“The Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”.
The same way we, as humans recognise who our parents are is the same way we know if God is our father. Let God’s word rub off on your spirit because God is spirit and those that worship him must do so in spirit and in truth. Read books, listen to messages, have conversations and attend meetings that will enhance your spirituality. Let God’s house and his kingdom be your delight.
2 BE JOYFUL AND FULL OF PRAISE
You cannot experience fruitfulness if you are not appreciative or grateful. Our goal as Christians should not be happiness but to have eternal joy. Happiness can be fleeting and temporary but joy is embedded in the spirit. He talked about the fruit of the Spirit being love, joy etc. Before a tree can bear fruits, it first has to be planted as a seed of the fruit it should produce. In the same way, you cannot be joyful unless you have the Spirit of God deeply rooted in you. The joy of the lord is a motivating factor in all circumstances. Psalm 67:5 says,
“Let the people praise you, them the earth will yield her increase.
Abraham, at 99 and still childless did not stagger at the promise of God but gave glory to God.
3 OBEY TO GOD’S WORD
Luke 5:1-5, narrates the story of how Peter toiled fruitlessly all night and had even given up. He was already washing his net. But Jesus came and told him to let down his net into the river and he obeyed the commandment. His obedience yielded overflowing abundance that he had to call for help.
2 Kings 4:1-7 also speaks of a woman who had inherited her late husband’s debts. She ran to the prophet who gave her some absurd instructions to go and borrow vessels so she could pour her little portion of oil into them. She obeyed and gathered more than enough to pay off her debt.
Job 36:11 says,
“If they obey and serve him, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant, fruitful. There are some of us that only need to obey God’s voice to migrate to abundance.
God is calling you into abundance today. In John 10:10, he says,
“I have come that you may have life more abundantly.”
You can come to him today to gain access. He has the password to your life of abundance. Through him, it is easy to walk into a life of all round abundance. You just need to come to him as you are.