In Hampton Court near London, there is a grapevine (called “The Great Vine”) which is about 250 years old. It has one root which is 12 feet thick, and the longest branch is 120 feet long. It produces 600 pounds of fruit a season.
Fruitfulness is Doing God’s Will and Displaying Christ’s Character, which is simple: LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER
What our city needs is not better sermons or bigger churches…they need to see love at work…true, genuine, unconditional love…they need to see a passionate spirituality that comes from a deep love for God…that will change everything…
Let me give you two myths about bearing fruit:
1. Just work harder
2. Just don’t sin
Doing certain things and not doing other things doesn’t guarantee fruitful living.
Images describing The Process of Production
– Vine – Belong – stay connected to the one true vine, Jesus
– Heart – Love – Jesus’ life flow begins and ends with love
– Dove – Spirit – the Spirit produces fruit in us, not by our effort
– Sword – Battle – the flesh vs the Spirit
– Cross – Sacrifice – lay your life down, put aside your selfish ways
– Brain – Mind / Will – take every thought captive
What we think determines how we live.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
How can you change your thinking today about your relationships, your finances, your situation, your sufferings, your sin, etc? Write one way you will think differently? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength and wisdom to walk it out.
No other religion can take rotten and make ripe.
Imagine if we tasted as good as what we believe? What would our city look like? What would your family look like? Your neighborhood? Your workplace? Your school?
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