Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the Earth and subdue it.'
I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing... By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples... I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My Name He may give you.
If God compares our work on Earth to farming, as in sowing and reaping, 'Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life' (Galatians 6:7-8).
One of the job requirements Jesus assigned to His disciples was fruitfulness: 'That we should bear fruit to God' (Romans 7:4). The Word of God planted in our hearts 'Yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred' (Mark 4:8).
What kind of crops? The fruit of The Spirit, like 'Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control' (Galatians 5:22). Because 'Against such things there is no law' (v.23). In other words, when we act in the Character of God, we rise above man's boundaries. Willing hearts are moved. From this movement come disciples of all nations.
Can a Christian be unfruitful and still be called a disciple? For me, the best answer to this debatable question is the age of the disciple. Baby trees, like baby Christians, may not bear much fruit. Nevertheless, they are beloved by God.
On the other hand, just the story of the redeemed sinner hanging on the cross next to Jesus brings encouragement to millions. He entered Heaven as a newborn follower. From his example we learn salvation can come to anyone at any time--even at the final minute.
But what of those who profess to be mature disciples without the fruit to prove it?
'Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire' (Matthew 3:10). Why such a harsh penalty? Because God hates hypocrisy. No one should pretend to be a Christian when he isn't. Because if he does, he falls into the 'False Prophet' category. And false prophets yield a different kind of fruit: false profits--as in leading lambs to the slaughter of the material world.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you have an unprecedented opportunity to bear abundant fruit--because media magnifies your performance. With a faster and broader witness than ever before possible, you are the right workers at the right time with the right talent to bear the right fruit.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.