John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.
When one because a Christian…the Lord by and large expects us to bear fruit….righteous fruit. But how as a child of God are you sure that your fruit is borne out of the Spirit or out of self-ambition?
After surfing around the Internet for awhile this morning, I felt really disturbed about one blog which seems to be specialized at looking deeper and scrutinizing every big ministry name out there. And while, it seems the person is very well researched and conversant with some of the ministries mentioned, I still felt really disturbed about it. For one, it made me wonder. How is it possible for one person…to be able to have such deeper and inside knowledge of ministries which are far and wide…some of which are overseas. And based on this knowledge, make some quick assumptions that these ministries are ‘off the mark.’ But, then again…I remember without JESUS, I AM DONE. These were Jesus’ words to His disciples when He sent them out:
Matthew 10:16 I am sending you out like sheep among the wolves. Therefore be shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
The sad thing about it is, the Church is causing it own wounds. And while I agree,it is right and proper to uproot the evil that is within…at times, it comes at the expense of other Christian lives. The other day, I was reading about the Parable of the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30. Jesus knew that even within the Body of Christ, some would rise up who are not bearing fruit after the Spirit but only for selfish ambitions. Yet, He did not advise nor require His disciples to do much about it.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. ‘The servants asked him, “Do you WANT US TO GO and pull them up?” ‘NO,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, YOU MAY ROOT UP the wheat as well. Matthew 13:27-29
And with that statement, I know that Jesus does not require you and me to focus our energies in trying to pull out those elements of falsehood in our midst…but rather, to abide IN HIM and bear much fruit…FRUIT THAT WILL LAST.
God has not called us to take matters in our hands…but rather to put matters…even of other wayward believers in His hands and follow after Him.
Since we live by the Spirit, LET US KEEP IN STEP with the Spirit. Let us not become CONCEITED, PROVOKING and ENVYING EACH OTHER. Galatians 5:25-26