This is the third of a three-part series.
These words are hard to write – and admittedly harder to read – but the fruit a follower bears in the Savior’s image is directly proportionate to his or her dedication to Jesus Himself. What we put in to our Christian walk – as well as where we take it and what we do with it when we get there – reflects what we get out of it. In other words, our ability to bear this fruit is absolutely a matter of what the Apostle Paul deems “pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). As representatives of Jesus, we flourish by our obedience, but we wither – that’s right; our sanctified lifestyle regresses – each time we exercise knowing disobedience toward Him.
trees cease bearing;
If by some misfortune you find yourself in this situation and you’re reading these words, there’s good news. You can – and by God’s grace you will – bear fruit for Christ again. The most effective way to do so is to retrace your steps to the point where you first fell in love with Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Above all, understand that God is faithful even when His children are not. He does call us lovingly back to Himself; sometimes He even comes to find us. But in order to avoid withering like our fig tree back in Part 1 of this series, we must listen in submission and obedience to His voice, then respond accordingly.