Is Your Life Producing Eternal Fruit

Are you making an impact in your life that you had hoped?

I SometimesWonder if I had traded an impact for comfort. I live in the best little rule town for a comfort to you should be the norm. But I often wonder if I am making an impact the Lord would expect from me?

Do you ever feel that way? Is your life producing the fruit you think you should produce?

A major theme can be traced throughout scripture is that questions were expected, even commanded, to produce spiritual fruit Jesus said.

You didn’t choose me I chose you. I anointed you to go and produce lasting fruit.

John15:16

But I think there are at least three questions we need to answer before we can understand what this means.

What does it mean to produce fruit?

Of course our immediate answer is that producing fruit means seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ as a result of our personal witness or ministry…and this definitely can be spiritual fruit.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he who wins souls is wise.

Proverbs 11:30

But as we search the Scriptures, we see so much more. Maybe the greatest commandment and the new commandment are clues or producing fruit.

The Greatest Commandment:

When asked what is the greatest commandment Jesus answered,

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart all your soul and all your mind.

Matthew 22:37

The New Commandment:

As Jesus prepared His disciples for His imminent death He taught them,

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Just as I have a love you should love each other.

John 13:34

I would suggest a spiritual fruit means that you are generally growing in your love of the Lord and growing in your unconditional love for others….Photos inside and outside the body of Christ. (For more specifics on spiritual fruit in Scripture see Micah 6:8; Deuteronomy 10:12; Malachi 2:15; Psalm 15:1-5; Isaiah 58:6-7).

How Do We Produce Fruit?

Here’s the good news: When I don’t have to actually produced with route through our extraordinary personal efforts. If we yield ourselves in His indwelling power, He will produce an abundant crop of spiritual fruit through us.

Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. Four apart from me you have nothing.

John 15:5

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

What Happens If We Don’t Produce Fruit?

Dead Branches Will Be Cut Off:

Jesus says that a fruitless branch is cut off from the vine. Branches that are dead or removed. Fruit is evidence of a spiritual life. their branches that pretend to be connected to the vine, but have never receive eternal life… Eternal life produces eternal fruit.

I am the true grapevine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, He prunes branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

John 15:1-2

Unfruitful Christians Can Be Taken Prematurely: Christians who remain unfruitful over a period of time may be taken (through their death) ti be with the Lord “early.”

If you see a fellow believer sinning in the way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I’m not saying you should pray for those who commit it.

1 John 5:16

Unfruitful Christians Can Miss Out On Their Rewards: One day we will give an account on our lives before the Lord. Our fruit is genuine (that is produced from a godly motive) We will be rewarded. If our fruit is “Unrewardable” ( because it was produced through ungodly motives) We will be saved, but just barely. In other words, we will miss out on the rewards in heaven.

For no One can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ. Anyone who build on that foundation may use a variety of materials – Gold, silver, Jules, Wood, hay, or straw. But on judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person work has any value.If the work survives, the builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffered great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through the walls of flames.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

So What?

Are you focused on or even interested in producing spiritual fruit? Here are a few questions that may help you to assess how you’re doing and producing spiritual fruit:

Check all you can but honestly answer.

  • Can you give specific ways you love the Lord more than a year ago?
  • Are you relationally committed she those in your church family?
  • Are your children walking with the Lord?
  • You those close to you see marks of increasing spiritual maturity in your life?
  • Has anyone become a follower of Jesus through your witness?
  • Have you heard your faith with someone recently?
  • How do you shown kindness to someone who is an outsider?
  • Have you taught the Bible to someone lately?
  • Have you made a sacrificial financial gift out of your heart lately?
  • Have you been patient when you were frustrated recently?
  • Have you given control for the Holy Spirit when you are angry?
  • How do you refuse to compromise your morals at work or in your life situation?

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