Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Fruitfulness
JOHN SHIRK – Fruitfulness can be described as “producing good results.” Jesus talked about fruitfulness in John 15. He said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” This happens when we are connected to Jesus just like the branches are connected to the vine. Jesus is the source of our strength, nourishing our souls with His grace and truth, flourishing our witness for Him under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
As we walk with God, He not only saves us from our sins, but also develops our character so that our witness for Jesus has a fruitful impact on other people.
Second Peter, chapter one talks about various character qualities that grow in us as we grow in the Lord. “Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.”
Verse 8 says that “if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Fruitfulness is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.