The Secret of Bearing Fruit
Many Christian organizations are working in different capacities all over the world. Most of them who work in local, national and international levels seem to be efficient at first sight. Organizations really bearing fruit are the ones that prove spiritually beneficial to people besides the philanthropic activities they do. Spirituality doesn’t imply superficial activities. It is an act of deep-rooted growth. Many times people ask questions to the leaders of organizations which are used in God’s hand, “What is the secret behind the success of your organization”?
Twenty Seven years have passed since the inception of Indian Christian Mission. Thus far, we could remain as an organization which bears fruit for God. We are humbling ourselves before God for enabling us to continue in bearing fruit. Indian Christian Mission is pledged to continue in sharing the water of comfort to those who live in the dry terrains of our country. While we thank the Almighty for making us grow, we also would like to thank the well-wishers and co-walkers for their help and support. Please continue in praying for us.
If somebody asks me the secret behind Indian Christian Mission bearing fruit for such a long time, I don’t have any incomprehensive formula to offer. It is a secret which is revealed in the Bible. Because we abide in Christ, Indian Christian Mission could bear fruit and stand fruitfully as a tree before the presence of our Lord. When many big and small trees could not bear fruit, Indian Christian Mission could bear fruit only because of abiding in the Word of God. The Gospel of John 15:4,5 says, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain in the vine. I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing”. So the secret of bearing fruit by persons or organization need not be investigated more.
Many people and organizations fail in spiritual matters because they work without Jesus Christ. It is miserable to find the activities done in the name of Christ are done without Christ. Those trees which do not bear fruit will be burnt in the fire. “If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned”. Instances of people whose activities were not fulfilled were found in the time of the first-century church itself. Nowadays, they have become common.
We can find so many people abiding in Christ, allowing Christ to dwell in their lives. Their efforts are not only beneficial to the Church but also to the world. They are the oases in the dry desert lands. Their love and compassion can mitigate the heat of cruel and angry world outside. Let God plant more trees which bears fruit in a lovely world.
Some people boast like this “We too are trees that bear fruit”. But friends, how do you bear fruit? Make a self-evaluation based on the words of Jesus Christ. “By their fruit, you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Likewise, every tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by the fruit, you will recognize them” (Mathew 7:16-20). When we identify others by their fruit, beware that they too identify us by our fruit. So we should try to bear the fruit of Holy Spirit in us.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the light. When we live in that light we will become custodians of righteousness, justice, and truth which is in the light. We should be filled with goodness. When we bear fruit for God we will bear fruit to the world also. When we bear fruit that is of repentance, we may be pelted with stones. But if we sustain without losing our faith, God will honor us. God has planted human beings in this earth with specific plans and expectations. Like we do not get grapes from bushes and figs from thistles there is a specific fruit expected from us. Apostle James says that we must be a kind of first fruits in the vast creation of God.
If we receive knowledge from above, we will be filled with good fruits. Like a tree planted by streams of waters, we should trust in our Lord to bear fruit. We should never neglect the warning of John the Baptist “The axe is already at the root of trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” (Luke 3:9). When the Gardener looks at us, let Him see us filled with fruits.
February 22, 2017
Pastor Samuelkutty Mathai