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Benefits of Bearing Fruit

Benefits of Bearing Fruit

Scripture: Matthew 7:20

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Reflection.

Bearing fruit means you are a Christian representing a changed, saved, life. Because you have been saved by God, you are filled with Him, and in Him you become more Christlike. As a Christian, you represent a life willing to be lead for Him, rather than for yourself, others or for earthly possessions.

Let’s talk about four benefits of bearing fruit.

1. Bearing fruit proves that you are a real Christian. 

I have come to realize that all church members are not necessarily Christians.  It is unfortunate, but many who go to church are not born again, and do not even know God.

Some years ago, we had a patient in the gynecology department of the Korle-Bu Hospital, where I was working.  This woman was in her early twenties but had never been able to have her menstrual period.  Now, as a doctor, I knew that this was abnormal.  When she was medically investigated and examined, we discovered that this “woman” was really a “man”!  We found that she had hidden male reproductive organs.  This explained why “she” was unable to have her menstrual period. 

So, despite what “she” looked like on the outside, “she” could never bear children because “she” was not a woman “she” was a man. “She” was not really “she” was a “he”! 

That is why some people cannot bear fruit because they are not real Christians.  They are not genuine. They are like some shops in town, which are supposed to be boutiques and spare parts shops.  Yet they never seem to be open for business.  Every day they claim to be “taking stock”, but in fact, they are doing some other illegal business behind the counter.  Some people are simply not what they claim to be. 

So, how can we tell whether you are a real Christian or not?  Well, that is very simple:

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20

2. Bearing fruit preserves your own kind in the church. 

In the seventh chapter of Genesis, God commanded Noah to enter the ark with his wife, his three sons, and their wives. In addition, he was to take with him, male and female counterparts of every kind.  Why was God so interested in preserving a sample of every kind of animal in the ark? 

It was to keep life going on the earth after the flood.  Look at this verse:

Of fowls also of the air by seven, the male and the female; TO KEEP SEED ALIVE upon the face of the earth.  Genesis 7:3

3. Bearing fruit will bring you much joy. 

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD…Happy is the man that hath his  quiver  full of  them…Psalm 127:3, 5

Here we understand that he who has many children is a happy man.  However, children do not come so easily.  In fact, when you consider the many painful and embarrassing things that happen at the labour ward, it makes you wonder, “Why do women want to have more children?”

First of all, there is the shame of exposing themselves to total strangers.  Then there is the agony of labour itself.  The pelvic bones actually move to allow the baby to come out.  Sometimes when it becomes necessary to cut the women, their screams confirm the terrible pain they suffer.  Really, it is not a small matter.  (When I first observed a delivery, I had a renewed respect for women.)

So why do they do it over and over again?  Jesus explained……she remembereth no more the anguish, for JOY that a man is born into the world. John 16:21

After the baby is born, there’s a joy that women feel, which I cannot possibly explain. Only those who have experienced it can explain it to you, but there’s a supreme joy after childbirth.  A deep fulfilment after having brought forth someone they can call their very own.  It is this joy that makes them go through it again and again.

In the same way, there is a joy you will never experience till you lead others to be born again into the kingdom of God.

4. Bearing fruit will cause you not to be ashamed on the day of judgement.

One of the most common verses engraved on many tombstones in our cemeteries is taken from Revelation 14:13. “…Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth…that they may rest from their labours…”

Now notice:  It did not say, “Blessed are those in the choir,” or “Blessed are they that die in the church.”  Friends, it is a matter of being in the Lord, not just in the church!

But the text ends with a very important revelation: “…and their works do follow them.”

When you die, you cannot take anything along with you. No, not your car, your money, or even your clothes. After death the only thing which can follow you are your works.  That is, the fruit you have borne in your Christian life.  The disciples you have established in the Lord are your Christian children.  Now, concerning spiritual children, we learn that:

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them [children]:  they shall not be ashamed…

Psalm 127:5

Very soon, you are going to stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Are you going to stand there empty handed and ashamed?  Or will you bear your fruits now, so that your works can follow you?

Prayer.

Dear Lord! May our work here on earth follow us all the way to eternity in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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