I can’t change anything, but I can make a choice that will change any thing. If Jesus is the choice I will choose, then abiding in His love is the reward I will receive. The production of fruit will be my return.
John 1:1 declares that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (KJV).” That Word was Jesus. In John 15:5 Jesus states “ I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” In modern translation: s(he) that abides in the Word of God brings forth much fruit and apart from the Word of God s(he) can produce nothing.
In the previous blog “Creative Fruit” we learned that the Word of God is more than a book, it is the key to our creative fruit. To continually produce creative fruit we need to understand that abiding in His commandments is the only way to produce.
A relationship with Jesus is timeless. Communion with Him does not end with a finished devotion in the morning, it is constant. Sometimes, our yearning to produce is an attempt to trade off with Jesus. “If I do one thing, Jesus will do the next.” There is no amount of time filled with pious work that will supersede a relationship with Jesus. That is why abiding is an important key to continual success.
Our minds are timeless too. Ecclesiastes 3:11 declares that God "has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds” (AMPC). We live in a world that is structured by time, but our inner selves remain timeless. Abiding in Jesus is the only way to maintain the nature that God has given us. If we continue to act as if our minds are bound by time, we will see stagnation within our production.
To avoid stagnation we have to let God orchestrate our production.
For example, we have all worked on a project that had a personal deadline for completion. We knew what we wanted to create was a divine idea, but for some reason we couldn’t finish by the deadline we had set. As God’s Word is the seed, only He knows the season in which the fruit of it should be produced in our life. John 15:1 describes God as the gardener, and the gardener is in control of what is planted and can tell when the harvest is ready. But, if we decide to take God’s idea and finish on our own time, we are at risk of creating something prematurely or late.