Peace and blessings to you! I don’t know about you, but I hate expending effort and not getting fruit for my labor. Have you ever put a lot of time and effort not something and then got nothing in return? Like the time I had spent a lot of time on a writing project and then because I was tired, I ended up accidentally deleting it. Don’t you hate that? I had to start all over! My efforts were fruitless!
But you know, there are some things in our spiritual life that we do that bear absolutely no fruit as well. Here are some examples:
- Worrying. Worrying is simply trying to figure out a solution to something that apparently has no solution. If there was a solution, you would have taken action. But since there is no solution, you roll the problem over and over in your mind in an attempt to solve a problem only God can solve. When we find ourselves in a state of worry, that’s our cue to shift into Philippians 4:6-7 mode (prayer, petition, and thanksgiving).
- Complaining. Complaining about situations (also known as murmuring) will not change your situation one iota. In fact, you are opening the door for the enemy to come in and wreak havoc. For example, when the Israelites complained, they were bitten by snakes (Numbers 21). Furthermore, all we do is call forth more of what we already have. I’m not sure who said this, but instead of calling those things that are not as though they are, we are effectively calling those things that are as though they will remain.
- Engaging in Works of the Flesh. Works of the flesh are activities that we do that are not Spirit-led. Jesus said in John 15:5, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” When we take matters into our own hands, fail to consult God, and take presumptuous actions with the false belief that we know exactly what to do, we are not abiding in the vine, and we are engaged in works of the flesh. But when it’s all said and done, we will find that works of the flesh bear absolutely no fruit at all.
- Trying to change other people. This is truly a fruitless effort because, unfortunately, people don’t change just because you want them to. Only the Holy Spirit can change people. So why not just shift to a mode of doing what you need to do to take care of yourself, make yourself comfortable, and maintain your peace in a difficult situation? But never try to change them because that is truly a waste of time.
Are you engaging in any of these fruitless activities? If so, why keep wasting time and effort doing things that don’t bear fruit? Instead of worrying, let’s trust God. Instead of complaining, let’s express our gratitude for what God has done. Instead of hauling off and doing what we think is best, let’s consult God, and do only what the Holy Spirit directs us to do. Instead of trying to change people, let’s accept them and pray for the Holy Spirit to change them or change us. Only then will we bear much fruit and stop letting Satan get the best of us.
What is your experience with participating in fruitless activities? Please leave a comment below.
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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.