Jesus was hungry so he approaches a fig tree while traveling back to Jerusalem. When he noticed that it had no fruit, but only leaves, he cursed it saying, “may you never bear fruit again.” Immediately the tree withered.” Then Jesus gives a parable about workers in the vineyard who disrespect the owner and family, even to the point of killing his son. Jesus asks, “what do you think the owner of the vineyard is going to happen to those tenants?” They reply that the wretched will be brought to a wretched end. Jesus explains that He is the cornerstone, the Way, but He was being rejected by the Pharisees. He continues…
“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” – Matthew 21:43
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So what does this mean to us? How can we produce fruit? There is so much that we can do, but let’s just talk about two simple ways. First, we can produce fruit by sharing with others that Jesus is the Way, by sharing our faith, and helping people know that Jesus is their Lord and Savior. I have found that the more that I read, the easier this becomes, mainly because it becomes easier to introduce someone who you know well. It is hard to introduce someone if you know nothing about them. The more I read, the more I pray, the more I am obedient in my walk with Christ, the more I know Him and the better I get at introducing Him. The easiest way to share is to simply share our testimony and what God has done for us.
Second, we can produce fruit by attending and supporting a good local church both with our time and our tithes. The pastors at these churches are devoting their life to serving the Lord, so serving and helping them is like the disciples helping Jesus. It is a great way to be consistent in bringing others to know Christ. Every soul saved in a church, every fruit produced because you supported the church with your service, your tithes, and your offerings, is noticed by God! Don’t underestimate the power of service and being part of a church that is doing great work. Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it, and produce fruit!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful day. Help me to have a great day today. Bless the work of my hands. Help me to be productive, and give me the energy that I need to have a productive and enjoyable day. Help me to walk in your Presence that I might be a blessing to anyone who I come across today. Let you light shine in me that others will know of your goodness. Break strongholds by your Holy Spirit, and bind the enemy that is anywhere near me. Loose your power and authority as we walk through today, removing any obstacles that might try to present themselves. Be with those today who need your comfort Lord. Let them know of your goodness, and all the plans that you have in store for those who love you. Thank you for giving me another day, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2, Matthew 20
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:22
- “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah. 29:11
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