“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…” Genesis 1:28. This is one of the first ‘be’s’ in Scripture God gave to man. The word fruitful means to “to produce results; profitable.” The first ‘be fruitful’ was said to the living creatures. So God expects that as long as we live and breathe – as long as we are alive we are to bring forth fruit, to branch off, to increase… To be fruitful is not limited to procreation, God want us to be fruitful in everything. It is to take out what we have in seed form in our lives and allow it grow and flourish. That God-idea you have been sitting on for the past few years is a seed – It’s time to be fruitful!
However there is a cost attached to being fruitful. When Joseph had his sons he named the first Manasseh “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house,” and the second, Ephraim meaning double fruitfulness. Why, “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” Genesis 41:52. It is through the season of affliction and suffering God increases our fruitfulness.
Another example of fruitfulness we see in Exodus 1:12 the more the Egyptians afflicted the children of Israel the more they multiplied and grew. This truth is substantiated by the metaphor Jesus uses to teach about fruitfulness in John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit”. If the branch does not bear fruit the Vine-dresser takes it away but the one that bears fruit He prunes or purges, and cleanses, as the Amplified version states, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
Are you ready to be more fruitful this year? Then get ready for some pruning and cutting and cleansing. No fun but you’d be more productive! !
Written by Pastor L. P. Jones©
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