Hebrews 6:7-8 ——- For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
During April and May in our New Creation Home the grass on the lawns was brownish despite being watered every day. There was a lot of heat during those months and it looked as though the grass was dying. However during the month of June it rained heavily and within that month the whole lawn became green, fresh, strong and beautiful. The rain falling on the lawn and absorbed by the soil beneath it made all the difference.
In the same way, when we absorb the Word of God, we are ingesting water from heaven that makes us strong, fresh, peaceful and joyful.
I asked the gardener if just providing water to the lawn was sufficient or did he have to labour over removing the weeds so that the lawn grew beautifully. His reply was that the area which is not weeded will only grow weeds and will not be as beautiful as the areas of the lawn that are de-weeded.
Farmers plough the land because they desire a bumper crop. A farmer who does not labour in the field but just prays will not receive the same results as one who works. If all the farmers stopped working and only prayed how would the crop grow? We would not get food. The farmers labour and plant the seed, yet the crop is not only for him but for others as well.
We believe in Christ and are baptised in Him, we have the Holy Spirit residing within us. But what kind of labour are we doing to bring in the fruit and harvest of the Holy Spirit?
How much fruit we bear has to do with how closely we abide in Christ and our obedience to His commands. When Christ is formed in us because the Holy Spirit dwells in us, true Christ like character will be as natural a result as mangoes growing on a mango tree. If we are abiding in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives; it cannot be hidden.
Fruit requires man’s diligence; it is neither his invention nor his product. He does not make the flowers. No skill of his brings the golden harvest of the fields or the lush fruit of the trees. When man has done all he can do, then God begins and life proceeds. Fruit is God’s work.
Just as without the vine the branch can produce nothing, so it is in our Christian lives. If we strain to work to produce the fruit of the Spirit ourselves, we will find ourselves fruitless and frustrated. But if we abide in Christ, maintaining a close, obedient, dependent relationship with Him, the Holy Spirit can work in us, creating and producing the fruit of the Spirit!
The Holy Spirit and you are a dynamic duo. Without Him, you are going to struggle. With Him, you are an unstoppable force.