Jesus said in John 15:4, “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” God’s desire is that we bear fruit or lead productive lives for the Kingdom. However, our productivity is based on whether we continue to stay connected to the Lord, the True Vine. If we love Jesus, we want to bear fruit. However, sometimes we can sabotage ourselves and be unaware that we have become disconnected from our power source. When we are disconnected from Jesus, He guarantees that we will be unfruitful. If your heart’s desire is to please God and be fruitful in His Kingdom, stay connected to God by avoiding the following:
1. Worry. Worry is a form of self-sufficiency and is an attempt to circumvent dependence on God. When we worry, our minds are so preoccupied with trying to solve our own problem, if God has a Word for us or a solution to our problem, we can’t even hear Him. Worry short circuits God’s power because we can’t follow instructions that we can’t hear. Furthermore, God will not make His power available to help us become more independent. That’s why He has told us not to worry. He knows that it will keep us from being fully dependent on Him for what we need. When we depend on ourselves to solve our own problems, there is no demand made on His power, and the opportunity for Him to get glory is shut down.
2. Works of the Flesh. Works of the flesh means that when a problem arises, we do whatever comes to mind and go running off in a direction that God has not ordained. We need to ask ourselves is what we are about to do a “good idea” or a “God idea”? Only God ideas are birthed out of connection with the Father. Seeking God through prayer, listening for directions, and doing exactly what He instructs us to do beats conjuring up a plan from our own mind, jumping up and running off in a direction that God did not authorize. When we engage in works of the flesh, we become disconnected from God when we fail to seek His counsel.
3. Procrastination. This may be obvious, but if that’s the case, why do we do it? Sometimes God will tell us what to do and we fail to act on it. We will do it later, we tell ourselves. However, to God, timing is everything. Procrastination is the same as disobedience to Him. It’s just like rebellion. If He says to do it now and we tell ourselves and Him, we’ll do it later, that’s like the spirit of witchcraft. If you and I fail to obey God, then we disconnect ourselves from His power. Why would God dispense His power into a vessel that refuses to do His bidding? Thus, procrastination is one of those things that will render you unfruitful in the Kingdom.
Therefore, if you want to be fruitful for the Kingdom, cast your care upon the Lord (I Peter 5:7). Be anxious for nothing. You must conquer worry in your life. Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and ask God for direction. Lean not to your own understanding and acknowledge Him in all your ways (Proverbs 3:5). Finally, when God gives you instructions, don’t hesitate to carry them out immediately. Be determined to obey God. If you and I will keep these principles in mind, Jesus guarantees that we will live fruitful lives.
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