“I am The Vine , you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in he, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 & 8
The Dictionary defines productivity as doing or achieving a lot, working hard and getting good results, and surely that is a part of what productivity is, yet there is more. To know the more part of this definition we must ask how does God who is Sovereign and Holy define it, and to answer this question we need to go to God’s Holy Word and be led by HOLY SPIRIT, because Productivity that is pure, undefiled, and far reaching with an Eternal Mindset comes from above. If anyone lacks Wisdom, Let him ask of God… James 1:5. God’s Word tells us in John 15:4-5 to bear Good Fruit, and not only to bear Fruit but HE tells us to bear Much Fruit. This is precisely what God’s definition of Productivity is all about. HE DESIRES FOR US TO BEAR MUCH FRUIT AND TO STEWARD WISELY THE TALENTS, GIFTS, AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE GIVES TO US. John 15 tells us this is evidence of our Discipleship.
So therefore If we are going to be pure in our productivity we must be repentant of our sins and know The Lord intimately, so we can inquire of HIM, and be more and more everyday desirous of being conformed to HIS IMAGE which is the greatest and most pure Productivity that we can ever accomplish. JESUS in HIS earthly Ministry was the most productive and purest model before us. “JESUS went about doing Good and healing all those that were oppressed by the devil because God was with HIM.” Acts 10:38. This kind of Productivity can not be manufactured on our own. We must daily submit to HIM, Fellowship with HIM, Learn of HIM, AND ALIGN OUR HEARTS TO HIS HEART, FOR IN THIS AND ONLY THIS, WILL WE BE ABLE TO SURELY PRODUCE PURE, PROFITABLE PRODUCTIVITY WITH AN ETERNAL MINDSET for HIS GLORY.
As we see and embrace what is required for pure, profitable productivity to truly be manifested in our lives, we need to also be alert to the landmines the enemy plants along our journey to sabotage our productivity. Now many times, the enemy literally has to do nothing at all but watch us as we forfeit ourselves the much Fruit that is worthy for THE LORD JESUS’ Inheritance. The Bible tells us to walk circumspectly which means to live our lives prudently and with caution. It implies a careful consideration of all circumstances and a desire to avoid mistakes and fruitless consequences. The thing is when we Love JESUS with All of our heart, All of our Soul, All of our mind, We will go about bearing much FRUIT, It is our HEART ON DISPLAY. (Matthew 22:37-40) And if we do get out of Alignment, we discern quickly by HOLY SPIRITS Promptings and we allow for those HOLY SPIRIT CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS.
One of the tactics of the enemy is for us to not have a proper perspective of God and then of ourselves. The devil has always been about the business of lies for he is the father of lies, JESUS tells us this in John 8:44. We cannot bear much Fruit with a tarnished view of Our Heavenly Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, and we will not produce much Fruit if we have a deceptive view of ourselves whether it be a poor image that feels inadequate and unworthy (after repentance) or it is an egotistic image of pride and arrogance. Whatever works to cause us to be unprofitable in producing much Fruit for JESUS is ok with satan. As we look at the Parable of the talents notice the one who was given the one talent how he buried it and his very words were to THE MASTER, “I knew you to be hard” Matthew 25:24. This certainly is an aged old tactic of the devil that goes back to the garden and the lies he convinced Eve to embrace regarding God’s character.
Still other thieves that we can fall prey to and diminish our productivity if not prudent, can be procrastination, laziness, slothfulness, and selfishness. Any of these are pitfalls to our producing MUCH FRUIT. If not, very careful we can easily put off what is the urgent of today and miss an opportunity that The Lord designed for us today. The Bible is replete regarding each of these. Some forfeit their destiny in being fulfilled by looking at the circumstances around them and failing to be productive because of what is seen in the natural. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6. “He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” This list continues with productivity inhibitors such as non-pure motives and producing what looks to be obviously fruit to our account in the natural, but when we stand before HOLY GOD, our works we did on this earth will be tried in fire, and if our motives were not pure, then those works that many may have witnessed will burn up as wood, hay and stubble. (1 Corinthians 3:12) Competitions, envy, strife, jealousy, self-seeking ambition, unforgiveness, bitterness, materialism, lack of love are all counterproductive to Producing Pure, & Profitable Much Fruit Bearing. Distractions, and failure to prioritize being led by HIS SPIRIT makes this list as well and we here again could diminish our much fruit by wasting time when not Focused and in alignment with our God Ordained assignments.
THE GOOD NEWS is We have the capacity if we have been BORN AGAIN BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND HIS RESURRECTION POWER to be just like JESUS. There is within us an incorruptible Source of life. (1 Peter 1:23) It is HIS Will for us to cultivate THE DIVINE SEED within until we come to a place of maturity IN JESUS. It is time for us to grow up and be conformed to HIS IMAGE, which again is the sincerest genuine fruit for HIS GLORY. Productivity in God’s Eyes is bearing MUCH PURE FRUIT and STEWARDING WISELY WITH EXCELLENCE those opportunities, gifts and talents. What Fruit have you, and are you producing, and will it remain when it is tried by Fire? God is THE JUDGE of even our thoughts and motivations. All will be brought to THE LIGHT when we stand before HIM. Hebrews 4:12-13. Our Pure & Much Fruitfulness is utterly dependent upon our Intimate and Growing relationship with HIM.
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