The Good Heart Bears Fruit
God has a big plan for you and me; He wants us to make something out of our time. Time like electricity flows around us and remains unseen and useless -- unless it is captured and harnessed into usefulness.
What does God call time in our lives that is harnessed and used and deposited before Him in Heaven? FRUIT
Fruit is what is produced by my life that will last forever - prayers from a clean heart, worship from a consecrated life, time lived under the direction of the Holy Spirit, acts of devotion prompted by love, souls won to Christ, saints edified, suffering endured for Him, sacrifices made for Him. And on and on we could go. The emphasis is ‘that which lasts forever produced by my life'.
Life for each of us contains a lot of time. Each day a river of moments flows all around us, eighty-six thousand seconds to be exact. But if measured in minutes life can be seen as a constant flow of time traveling by us minute by minute. Here is the summary of time we each get in our lives:
- One year is a ½ million minutes…
- The teen aged years last for just under four million minutes…
- A child from birth to heading off to college at eighteen was with you for 9 ½ million minutes…
- An entire average lifetime lasts for forty million minutes.
So before most of us head to Heaven 40 MILLION MINUTES will flow by us in a steady stream, day in and day out.
Before I read these precious verses again with you, may I remind you of the incredible challenge each of us have. According to what Jesus said in the verses before us, all that will last of your and my life on Earth will be the fruit that you and I produce while we are alive on this planet. Everything else of ours -- will either burn, rust, or rot. Have you paused lately and looked around all that fills up each of our lives?
All of our deeded income properties, all of our prized collections, all of our wise equity investments, all of our real estate, all of our awards, all of our beautifully built and decorated homes, all of our businesses we have built, all of our memory books, all of our electronic gadgets, all of our plants and pets and plans - everything will dissolve and go back to earthliness.
Everything we ever have will turn to rust and ashes except for what was transformed by our ABIDING in Christ into Eternal Fruit. Christ's rewards to us are based on what was GOOD or fruitful, all else attached to our lives Jesus Christ has promised He will burn away at the BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT.
With that in mind, please read Mark 4.8, 20
Mark 4:8, 20 "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
Fruit is what is produced by my life when I capture and invest minutes of my days for the Glory of God, in the power of the Spirit changing them into that which lasts forever - prayers, worship, acts of devotion, souls won, saints edified, suffering endured for Him, sacrifices made for Him.
- Fruitfulness expected Mark 4.1-20
- Fruitfulness explained in John 15.1-8
- Fruitfulness encouraged in Colossians 3.12-17
- Fruitfulness examined in 2nd Corinthians 5.1-10
- Fruitfulness eternalized Revelation 19.1-8
Now the question we need to ask ourselves is, how is my fruitfulness coming. Do you have fruit already sent up? Are you bearing fruit today? Are you living to protect your future fruitfulness?
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