John 15:16a states, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” What an amazing statement! Jesus designed every human to bear fruit that will not spoil. If we were designed to bear fruit, then fruit bearing should be natural and not forced or difficult, right?! I have found a major reason we don’t bear fruit that multiplies and is exponential is people’s addiction to hurry, panic, and the opinions of others.

How many times have we responded to someone else’s conviction and not our own? It seems like many think because of technology, resources, maps, and countless planning/leadership courses that patience is a quality God is no longer interested in. One sure-fire way to achieve monumental levels of frustration is to plant a seed in the ground this morning and look for the fruit this evening. But this is often our mindset when it comes to the things of God and our lives bearing fruit. We read prescriptions into biblical descriptions. We think we found the secret sauce to moves of God, when really we are reading what happened and the actual characters (most of the time) where NOT trying to get the result they achieved.

We have been made in the image of a God who is NOT systematic in what He does (i.e. – methods) but in who He is (i.e. – nature & consistency). Why do we try to create formulas to re-create what was? Isn’t that building a monument to the past, rather than discovering the movement He’s extending through you? My suggestion is that we stop. Stop. Stop trying to rebuild what was. Stop trying to be someone else and enjoy being yourself. Stop looking to others to validate or approve of you. Stop living to have the applause of men that fade much faster than we anticipate. Stop perpetuating the “what have you done for me lately” culture.

We are fruitful people. We are made in the image and likeness of the creator Himself. Take time to let God unwind faulty thinking and assumptions. Stop believing the lie of, “this is how the world works,” or, “anything that is successful has these traits.” I thought we were the ones called to make learners of the world of Jesus and His Kingdom? Why would we ever look to the workings of a broken system to discover how to plan, organize, or run anything? Are we not commissioned to transform this earth and not just conform it with new wallpaper that has Jesus on it, while the walls, wiring, and pipes never change?

Creative Garden landscape Car

In conclusion, you are already designed to bear much fruit. Slow down, enjoy patience, and discover all that God has designed you to do. Don’t get side tracked in someone else’s passion, discover your own. Don’t look to fit in someone else’s box of success, discover the broad space God has designed you to flourish in. Don’t buy the lie that you are behind and you need to hurry to catch up, as it will only slow you down. Sit. Be. Enjoy. Dream. Act. The best things in life are a gift not a wage. If you don’t believe me, think about Jesus. Gift or wage? How you answer might give insight on your journey of fruitfulness.

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