Optimising connectivity for everyday life

C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

Optimising connectivity
for everyday life

C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

BEARING FRUIT

Today we speak of the ‘legacy footprint’ that every person leaves.  You could see this as a thing of ecology or of theology.  If you plant an acorn, you can reasonably expect an oak sapling!  If you plant an apple seed, it would be ridiculous to be waiting for lemons!  The DNA of each seed predetermines the fruit that will come in time, given the right conditions.  We are all fruit-bearers during our lives and God our Father is described as ‘the gardener’ watching for the fruit of our lives:

  • ‘By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good 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’ – Matthew 7:16-18
  • ‘A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” “Sir,” the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down’” – Luke 13:6-9

You might wonder what Jesus meant by the parable of this fig tree.  It is told in the context of whether people would have the humility to repent of wrong-doing or be justly punished for it.  What it shows is that the way we live indicates what we truly believe, as everyone knows:

  • ‘Actions speak louder than words, and it's no more true than with your kids’ – Brad Pitt
  • ‘Produce fruit in keeping with repentance’ – Matthew 3:8

Back to first principles - why bear fruit in the first place?  If you developed a wonderful product, you would probably want to multiply it.  You may well get a patent for it, give it a trademark to identify it and then set up a factory for mass production.  Look at the way God went about this:

  • ‘Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good’ – Genesis 1:11-12
  • ‘May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples’ – Genesis 28:3

You carry God’s patent and trademark bearing his creative genius!  Reproduction is in-built.  Fruit bearing according to the Maker’s Manual gives glory to him every time, except when the wrong fruit is borne.  Here’s guidance direct from The Manual:

  • ‘I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful ... Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing ... This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples’ – John 15:1-2, 4-5, 8

It is a remarkable thing that when we bear good fruit, we are simply doing what we are ‘designed’ for.  God is our attentive gardener and gives us the Holy Spirit so we can bear the nine-fold fruit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   To do so gives fulfilment to us and pleasure to God.  Unlike oranges and lemons that bear a temporary fruit, we are called to bear a lasting fruit that has God’s DNA of eternal LOVE:  

  • ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other’ – John 15:16-17
  • ‘So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God’ – Romans 7:4 
  • ‘We pray...that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might’ – Colossians 1:10-11

As you think about the footprint you will leave behind, consider how you have walked into the lives of others and left traces of God’s goodness, those deposits of love.  It may be that the fruit you have borne carries spiritual seeds that will go on bearing fruit when you are walking in heavenly country!  When you arrive there, the more fruit you have borne on earth the more joyful you are likely to be.  Just as those in business know about Year End Accounts, there is an accounting for the bearing of fruit and the application of talents that might be seen as Life End Accounts!

  • ‘Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’ – Luke 6:38
  • ‘His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”’ – Matthew 25:21

Enjoy a life of bearing good fruit that will last.  There may at times be some pruning of non-productive branches and mulching in of ‘manure-like’ circumstances, but these are so you will be even more fruitful ‘unto God’.

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