Faithfulness and Fruitfulness: Are you indeed faithful and fruitful?

By God’s Icon

About a decade ago, my family and I moved into our new property with all the fun and adventure that comes with relocating. Three years before we moved into the house, my dad had instructed the gardener to plant some three little coconuts palms in different positions of the vast land. After being subjected to the same nutrients, soil, rainfall et atmospheric conditions over three years; one of the coconut trees later had dried off, the other was stunted in growth, while the last grew and blossomed, yielding large coconuts.

On one remarkable day, my dad asked that I cut the stunted coconut tree down as it was only “encumbering” the ground. But with my little knowledge of agriculture and knack for adventure I set out to tend the stunted tree. I did lots of digging around it to dung it with manure plus consistent watering. In one year, it had radically transformed and became a beautiful, coconut-bearing tree. This was the same tree that had previously been referred to as a “male ornamental tree”. Over a decade down the line it is still waxing bigger and producing coconuts all year round. This short story reminds me every day of the scripture in Luke 6 verses 6 through to 9

Jesus then told them this story: A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. One day he went out to pick some figs, but he didn’t find any. So he said to the gardener, “For three years I have come looking for figs on this tree, and I haven’t found any yet. Chop it down! Why should it take up space?” The gardener answered, “Master, leave it for another year. I’ll dig around it and put some manure on it to make it grow. Maybe it will have figs on it next year. If it doesn’t, you can have it cut down.” Luke 13:6-9

From the above scripture we can deduce the following:

1. The fig tree was planted in a vineyard (not a waste land) under special culturing and care.

2. There was an expectation from the owner of the vineyard that the tree produce fruits for eating

3. There was a time allotted to waiting on the fruition of the tree

4. The owner of the vineyard sought not to waste resources on a non-bearing tree and ordered that it be cut down

5. The gardener pleaded for one more chance to give it special care and nurture to give it another opportunity to come to fruit-bearing stage

6. Even the gardener realized the last chance for the tree didn’t mean an infinite timeline.

7. The vineyard was specially protected from external predators {having angelic covers, supernatural protection}

The fig tree planted in the vineyard can also be likened to those favored with the blessings and privileges of the gospel dispensation. This is true of the condition of those :

1. Who have professedly been brought out of the world into the Church.

2. Who are favored with the spiritual means and ordinances of the gospel.

3. Who are the subjects of the special and rich promises of the new covenant.

4. Unto whom the graces and blessed influences of the Holy Spirit are freely imparted.

5. Who are the objects of Divine care.

From the scriptures we understand that the owner of the vineyard came seeking for fruits. As Christians who are recipients of the multitudinous graces of God upon our lives, He expects of us that:

1. Our hearts to yield the fruits of holy graces.

2. Our lips to yield the fruit of thanksgiving and praise.

3. Our fruits of obedience in the life we’ve been called thereunto.

4. The fruits of usefulness, by the employment of their powers and talents in His service.

We also can depict that the Owner gave instructions for the tree to be cut down. At this juncture it is important to note that God doesn’t just demand faithfulness, He demands and deserves fruitfulness. And not just any fruit, He looks out for GOOD FRUITS.

Cutting down the tree speaks of spiritual death, damnation, physical death, stagnation et al.

The scriptures below further impresses it on us to ask ourselves this – Are we Good trees bearing Good fruits? Or are we Bad trees bearing Evil Fruits.?

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matt 3:10

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matt 7:17-19

We can also pick out from the scripture that the vine keeper (gardener) did ask for the tree be left one more year so he could give it special attention and care to give it another opportunity for fruit-bearing.

As believers, we shouldn’t just be contented that we are saved, but we should strive to do the work of an evangelist – making converts for Christ in our spheres of interest , and also making sure we ourselves are fruitful in that which Christ has committed to our hands.

In conclusion, I see a remarkable pattern in the Book of Revelations And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:1-2

In comparison to the book of Genesis where God created in the Garden of Eden: the tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil (which was a corrupt tree)

We see in the final chapter of the bible that God intended to be the source of all things.

We can also deduce that the in the midst of the street had several trees of life each having the same source (the river of life {God Himself})

We also see God’s intention was to have the tree of life multiplied in exponentials while the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil be extincted.

Finally we see that the trees had twelve manner of fruits, and yielded its fruit every month. Not only was it fruitful, but its leaves were for the healing of the nations.

Question:

1. Am I indeed faithful and fruitful? Have I made judicious use of all that Christ has committed to me?

2. Am I fruitful? Bringing forth good fruits?

3. Am I just encumbering the ground?

4. Am I making good use of this time wherein the vine-dresser is working on me to bring forth more good fruit?

5. What manner of fruits am I populating the earth with?

6. Am I fruitful in all manners God wants me to be?

7. Am I fruitful all year round? Or just seasonally?

Prayer:

1. May the Lord find us faithful and fruitful in every good work He has committed unto us

2. May we achieve the very best that God purposed for us to attain

3. May we be found to be fruitful all year round in all manners that God wants us to bear

4. May we be useful for the healing of the nations! God bless you

God’s Icon is the pen name of an ardent God chaser. In a world that has so perverted the truth of God’s word. He is a firm believer that the word of God has no moral relativity nor is it archaic that it isn’t relevant to give answers to the challenges of this present world.

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