August 04, 2015
READ: 2 Corinthians 3:1-5
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.
Bearing fruit is a very spiritual thing. Most men of God think that if you have a large church, it is a sign that you have borne much fruit and are pleasing to the Lord.
However, you will notice that Jesus was pleasing to His father even before He preached His first sermon (Matthew 3:17).
You don't have to have a church for the Heavenly Father to say, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." You don't even have to be a pastor. You don't have to write a book, you don't have to preach a sermon, and you don't need to be famous to hear those words. Pleasing God is not based on our work per se. Any fruit we bear are actually gifts that are given by the Lord.
Have you ever wondered at the immense fruit that Christ Jesus bore? Have you ever wondered that thousands of churches have been planted as a result of His three years of ministry? Two thousand years have gone by and He has more fruits than He has ever had. What did He do that brought about so much fruit?
He did six things: just three years of preaching, teaching and healing, humility, obedience and the sacrifice on the cross. Significant among these things was His sacrifice on the cross as this opened the door for our salvation.
Your obedience and sacrifice to the Lord will give rise to many churches.