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This Week We're Looking at Yield
Have you ever taken a look at your Christian life and realized that something is missing? Are you lacking in the fruit of the Spirit that you so desperately want to display? I have personally experienced this unsettling feeling, along with the fact that those who don’t bear fruit will be taken away (John 15:2). Yielding fruit is serious business to God. If you find yourself trying hard, yet seemingly unable to bear good fruit for God’s kingdom, here’s some important news for you. It’s time to stop striving and start yielding. When we truly yield ourselves to God, we will yield fruit for His kingdom.
I want to focus on two meanings of the word “yield:”
Bearing the kind of fruit God delights in
Picture a grapevine, as Jesus talked about in John 15. Jesus is the Vine, and Christians are the branches attached to that Vine. If we are fully attached to Him, He gives us the Living Water to be able to bear fruit. If we’re not yielding fruit, something is wrong with our water supply. It may be that we have a blockage built up inside our branch, preventing that Living Water from flowing to the whole branch.
Branches don’t need to “try harder” to yield fruit. On their own, they’d shrivel up and die. All branches need to do is to stay on the vine, totally open to receiving the water and nutrients they need in order to thrive.
Psalm 1:3 tells us that those who delight in God’s Word and meditate on it day and night will yield fruit in the right seasons, just like a well-watered tree.
What kinds of fruit are you yielding? Jesus said that Christians and unbelievers will both be known by our fruits. If we’re yielding the wrong kind of fruit, we show that we are attached to the wrong vine or tree (James 3:12).
The kinds of fruits that God wants us to produce are listed in Galatians 5:22-23:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.”
As we give the Holy Spirit access to every part of our minds and hearts, He takes away whatever fruit doesn’t align with these things and replaces them with the good fruits. Our part is to cooperate with Him, yielding ourselves to His work.
Whether we’re not bearing any fruit of the Spirit yet or only some, I’m sure we all have much room for growth in this area. God patiently works in each of us, disciplining and pruning so that we will bear even more fruit.
“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Hebrews 12:11
Let’s stay connected to Jesus and allow God to do a beautiful work inside us, pruning and fertilizing us, so that we can yield more fruit for His kingdom.
Jennifer lives on the eastern shore of Maryland. She's a wife and stay-at-home mom to two active boys. She's dabbled in writing as a hobby over the years and greatly enjoys journaling and putting her thoughts down on paper. She also loves reading, puzzles, listening to Christian music and podcasts, and spending time out in nature.
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