By Victoria Wairimu
“Therefore, by their fruits you will know them”
The Words of Jesus Christ cannot be more clear and precise than this. “By their fruits, you will know them,” the Savior tells His disciples. Before that, He warned them to beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing. The one criterion for telling them apart, simple, by their fruits.
Bearing fruit is the bane of the Christian walk. Fruitfulness is what is birthed when a Christian walks with God, hand in hand step by step in total submission. Being fruitful in your Christian walk is not a one-time event or something that you build up to. Being a fruitful woman comes out of consistently saying no to the flesh and its desires and clinging on to the author of our faith, Jesus Christ. For it is in the death of the flesh that the fruits of the Spirit come alive.
It is about submission to the will of God and obedience to His word. Recognizing that the same way a child in the womb depends on its mother for life, so should it be with God, who sustains.
Fruitfulness from the inside out
First of all, fruitfulness is an attitude that flows from the inside to the outside. This fruitfulness is borne of a life surrendered to the Spirit. “Live by the Spirit and you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh” Galatians 5:16.
You cannot be fruitful if you live in disobedience to the Spirit of God. For the flesh and The Spirit are contrary to one another in what they desire. The fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Gal 5:22 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The same chapter also outlines the acts of the flesh. And it is clear when it comes to fruits of the spirit and acts of the flesh the two part like a forked road. And although it is easier said than done (to die to the flesh, that is) the word of God encourages us that God is able to keep us from falling and to present us in His glorious presence without fault Jude 24. Oh, what a precious promise!
Fruitfulness in ministry
Being fruitful is not solely about winning souls for Christ. It is also about how we serve. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians talks about planting the seeds and Apollo watering but God makes them grow. The one who preaches the Gospel and the one who wipes the seats before the service begins are both God’s ministers.
It matters not the magnitude of the ministry that God has placed you in, what matters is your faithfulness. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”.
When we focus our contribution towards God’s Kingdom on Him, for His glory, we begin to live for Him. All other things become secondary and we bear fruit because we have chosen to live for Him and not ourselves.
Remember busyness is not fruitfulness, you might be busy in ministry, but for all the wrong reasons (cosmetic ministry). Remember the fig tree in Mark 11:13? It was blooming and attractive with leaves, alluring enough to draw a hungry savior but alas! Examine your heart truthfully and prayerfully ask God to guide you to live a life worthy of Him.
There is no ministry or work too small, so dear sister, tend your garden faithfully and prayerfully.
How do I become fruitful?
The answer to this pertinent question can be found in John 15:5
“I am the vine you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing”.
- 1. Surrender
The first step is to surrender your life to Christ and cling on to the true vine that is Jesus. Allow the Father to work on you by submitting and obeying His Word. You see, there are a lot of thing about our human nature that needs to be pruned, trimmed and cut off so that we can be more Christ-like.
The process is not necessarily smooth, in fact, it can be painful, a journey filled with tears sorrow but the journey is nothing compared to what God has prepared for us in Glory.
- 2. Die to self
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”
Death to self is a precursor to being fruitful because you see a friend unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit John 12:24.
Abide in Christ and He will abide in you and you will bear much fruit.
- Put in the Work
You are encouraged to make every effort to add to your faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. These qualities in increasing measures keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus 2 Peter 1:5-11.
- 4. Do the right thing always
Be always ready to help out and do good to everyone. The key word is to be intentional about sowing seeds of love, peace, and goodness. Don’t wait for a push fueled by a wave of emotions to dive into action. Titus 3:14
Make use of your God-given talents and gifts to serve others and be a faithful steward of God’s grace 1 Peter 4:10
- Always be praying
Prayer is the fuel that runs the Christian walk. To be a fruitful Christian is to be a prayerful Christian. Colossians 1:9-10. Pray for yourself; intercede for your fellow women. There will be challenges, temptations, and trials, but with prayer, you can weather whatever comes your way.