Only God Can Produce Fruit
The ambition of a son of God should be to bring glory to the Father, which is actually something that Christ does for him/her. Jesus said:
When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (John 15:8)Being fruitful as a true follower of Christ brings glory to God. Anyone one who has placed the statement of Jesus within the context of what Jesus revealed about the relationship of sons of God to His Father being like the relationship of a branch to fruit and the vine will know that followers of Christ are not really the producers of that fruit. We are actually distributors. The life of the Vine produces the fruit.
I wish I could remember who gave me the distinction between SUCCESS and FRUITFULNESS, but I've lost that memory. I find it helpful in determining if the work I am doing is producing success or simply staying connected to the Vine to see Him produce fruitfulness.
Success comes from strength, control, respectability, and results in many rewards and often fame. Fruitfulness, on the other hand, comes from weakness, vulnerability, and the fruit is unique. A successful person has the energy to create something, keep control over its development, and make it available in great quantities. True joy is not success, but fruitfulness.
Pam and I want to see the Lord Jesus produce fruit ... fruit that will last ... through a sustained connection to the Vine and associates of the next generation in Uganda. Our desire is to connect them to Jesus so that He can erase mindsets that keep them undeveloped and out of reach of their destiny. We want to assist each one as we encourage, equip, and empower.
|Abdu with Rose & Sera delivering a dairy cow|
Read about Abdu's progress by clicking on this sentence.
So ... what do you think? Success ... or ... fruitfulness? Both time and eternity will tell.