Obstacles to Bearing Fruit

Obstacles to Bearing Fruit

Scriptures: Mark 4:19

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


There could be a gazillion obstacles Christians or rather believers encounter to bearing fruit. Today, I have few amongst the many to discuss briefly as we meditate upon these words and teaching.

1. You must overcome spiritual sicknesses to bear fruit.

The reason why some Christians do not bear fruit is because they are not healthy. They are not normal, productive Christians, because there is a spiritual sickness somewhere.

Sometimes when a woman is unable to give birth, it is due to an illness. Some causes of infertility are the blocking of the fallopian tubes, the inability of the ovaries to release eggs, the destruction of the womb due to an earlier abortion and so on.  All these are health reasons, which prevent childbirth.

In the same way, when Christians are unable to give birth and be fruitful, it is often because there is some disease in their Christian life. Though they are born again, they are spiritually sick. One such sickness is laziness (some people are simply too lazy to labour for the Lord)! Another is pride. Also, many Christians are not productive because they are living in sin. Indeed, nothing affects fruitful Christian-living like sin does.

2. You must overcome the cares of the world to bear fruit. Mark 4:19

When the Word of God is choked, it means that its effect is blocked or obstructed.  That is exactly what happens to some Christians. They become so occupied with other things that they no longer have time for the things of God.

3. You must overcome the lusts and pleasures of this life to bear fruit.

The lust for many things is another killer and choker of the Word of God. Because of the desire to be someone important, people forsake the call of God.  Because of the desire to live in certain countries, some reject the opportunity to be fruitful in the house of the Lord.  Strong desires for things in this life can quench the call of God.

4. You must overcome the deceitfulness of riches to bear fruit.

God’s blessings in our lives were not intended to keep us from doing His work. We must rather overcome these potential “chokers” and continue being fruitful in His vineyard. I look forward to the day when a judge will continue to play the drums in church. I look forward to the day when women will continue as pastors, although they have four children.  I look forward to the day when multimillionaires will continue to be ushers in church.

5. You must overcome distractions to bear fruit. Mark 16:15

As Christians, we must be steadfast and unmoved, no matter what is happening around us.  We must have a vision because without a vision, we will be distracted from our purpose. Even as a pastor, I do not preoccupy myself with too many “political” meetings (we are talking about inter-church politics here.)  I am determined to stay away from such meetings- BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS. This is because I want to remain focused on the vision of winning souls.  1 Corinthians 15:58

6. You must overcome immaturity to bear fruit.  I Corinthians 13:11

7. You must overcome the tendency to be unstable, to bear fruit.  John 15:4, 5

8. You must overcome inactivity to bear fruit.  Hosea 10:12

Fallow ground is that which has been left dormant, idle, untouched, and unused.  And here the Lord is telling us to break up (cultivate) our fallow ground.  That is, to utilize our untapped potential. Today there are a lot of genuine, but dormant Christians in the Church.  They are gifted but do not use their gifts much. 

Most people just sit there, doing nothing, while a few laborers do their best to fulfil the Great Commission.  Because of this, it looks as if only a few are called, but the Word of God says that many are called.  Many men!  Many women!  Many young people!

Therefore, I recommend that as you begin to use your talents and gifts in the service of the Lord, you will find yourself becoming more and more fruitful. Your regular Christian activity will yield results, and your fruits will begin to show.


Dear Lord! Please have mercy on us for not bearing fruit and making excuses. Today’s teaching has opened ideas on some obstacles for not bearing fruits. May we become fruit bearers henceforth, 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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