I want to drop this in your coffee today. Faithfulness is success. If you are faithful, you are being productive. You cannot be faithful and not produce. You can have accomplishments without staying true to God. But you cannot be true to God without producing fruit. Your goal should be faithfulness, not achievements. Faithfulness always brings fruitfulness... Every time.
Jesus told His disciples…
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” (John 15:1-8)
The primary connection Jesus makes between the Christian and a successful life is the connection with Him. When our connection with Christ is lost, our success is non-existent. We know we are His disciple because we produce fruit. We produce fruit as we are connected to Him. The quickest way to be cast aside from God is to try and become successful without Jesus.
Today, work on your faithfulness. The fruit will come. Enjoy the fruit, but engage in the relationship. Be satisfied with faithfulness and watch an abundance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control grow in and out of you. This is the fruit of the Spirit of Christ. You can’t create your own fruit, but you can produce His as you are connected to Him.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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