Wherever you live in the world, there are specific seasons for different things. The actual seasons are different, but they typically impact how we relate to our world. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.” This scripture provides for us an important principle in our understanding of spiritual things. Those attributes of God that are not visible will make themselves known to us through the created things like seasons and times or even planting and harvesting.
Through the process of planting and harvesting, we know that the word of God is the seed that produces the new birth experience. It is also the seed that holds the potential for all we will become in God, and the seed gets planted in our hearts. In the Parable of the Sower, found in Matthew 13, Jesus tells us that the condition of the heart determines the strength and power the seed is able to produce.
Judgmental or Fruit Inspectors?
I’m not trying to get too deep with this concept, but we need to understand that the fruit of the seed will contain the attributes of God mingled with the attributes He has given to each of us. This understanding is important because it influences how we relate to ministries and other people in the body of Christ. In Matthew chapter seven, Jesus begins by telling us not to be judgmental. Many people love this scripture because they do not want to be answerable to people; only to God. Recently, I saw a well-known contemporary artist (famous for their lewd behavior) wearing a t-shirt that said, “Only God is my judge.”
It is true that we are not supposed to be judgmental, but we are called to be fruit inspectors. In Matthew chapter seven, Jesus also talks about false prophets and instructs us that we will know them by their fruit. He not only encourages us to observe the fruit of a prophet, but also to observe the people who gather around the ministry.
Time to Change Our Focus!
In the charismatic Pentecostal movement, we have been very focused on spiritual gifts. Many ministries are encouraging the “activation” of gifts, assuming that the gifts will be what will change the world. Although Jesus Christ was a “gifted” minister who attracted great crowds, ultimately His impact came through His fruit. It was His tenacity to keep the Father’s will, to exercise the self-control necessary to go through His purpose and His love that accomplished His eternal purpose. Hebrews 12:2 encourages, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus Christ was the first born of many brethren, and in this day, I hear the call for the sons of God to come forth. Join me in seeking the Lord for your purpose and the process of shaping that we would have His desired impact in our world!