BY NATASCHA KLING
Psalm 1:3 NLT
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Deep inside every follower of Jesus is a desire to have a visible, lasting impact on the world.
This isn’t our idea – its God’s.
In John 15 Jesus states: (vs 5,16)
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
Lasting fruit takes time – it only comes through a journey of putting our roots down deep in Jesus.
Anybody can start a race – but there are far fewer finishers than beginners in the Christian walk.
Neither appearances or short term success impress God – He is looking at the heart.
2 Corinthians 4:18 “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
3 Soils to be Rooted in God:
1) The Soil of Intimacy: -We have to develop a lifestyle of prayer and worship; total dependence on God; a secret- place lifestyle
2. The Soil of Service. – Position yourself to receive God’s grace, As you serve God you will find the posture of humility comforting; trust God to promote you rather than you wasting your time self promoting yourself.
3. The Soil of Community: Learn to trust your close friends and God; learn to encourage and inspire, model a standard of honor, learn to lead with vision, but know that you will sometimes take hits.
Each of these are different, but provide necessary steps to trusting in God to the fullest.
God will always develop us before He develops our vision. If we don’t understand this, we will get frustrated, resist him, and end up disappointed.
Embrace the process.