"What is it with Christians today? So many want everything God has to offer them - they want to drown in God’s provisions. They want to:
hoard it, hide it
use it to elevate themselves
be one up on each other
But, the thought of having it so they can bear fruit (give it away) hasn’t become an active part of their plan.
It’s an active part of God’s plan.
As a matter of fact, God thinks that bearing fruit is the plan.
Let’s read it.
“1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2. Every branch (take a good look at this word branch, because this branch is you and me) and (If the branch is not, in Christ, it is not expected to bear fruit) in me that beareth not fruit He (The Father) taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, (cleanse it, prune it) that it may bring forth more fruit.
You are not reading some fairy tale where the story writer is using metaphors in hope of entertaining you. You are not reading someone’s fiction novel where you are moved by the plot, but at the same time you know that it isn’t real, so whatever is happening in the story isn’t going to happen in your life.
These are not words to consider, as if what God says should first be considered for possible ingestion.
These are not hollow words that might provide some insight to those who have found religion.
When God speaks to you, what God is saying, is what must be said.
When God tells you how it is, it is not so that you can see, if how it is, is how you want it to be. God tells you how it is so you can know with utter certainty, how it is.
When God reveals the truth concerning the matter, it’s not so that you can calculate the cost to determine whether what God has said is worthy of your attention at this time.
God designed you to get it."
Excerpt from God thinking VII - Does God Rely On You? by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012