Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:48

I am the bread of life.

 

What are you producing?

Hebrews 6:7-8 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

One of the mistakes we can become vulnerable to as believers, is one which this passage sensitises us to ..this it does with the question, what are you producing? This is the folly of believing that coming into God's blessings and his provisions is all that matters in our quest for Him. It is this grave mistake that this message sets out to expose.

Many see their coming into these blessings as a sign of his approval and this they succumb to without trying to find out why they have been made the custodians of these blessings. From this position, many embark upon a lifestyle which ignores the fact that they have been so favored for a reason. Let us dispel one fallacy before going forward, you see God by by his act of common grace ,causes his rain and sunshine to fall upon both the righteous and the unrrighteous (Mathew 5:45). And in his capacity as the Provider he provides for all of his creation. In his faithfulness as the Creator, he is bound to this role. But the onus is on the recipients of these provisions to understand his position on this, and this position is revealed to us by this verse when it informs us that the land that drinks water is expected to bring forth a good harvest and not thorns.

 

For those who might be wondering why God provides for the unrighteous, he does so in order that by this great act of love, kindness, generosity and grace, the unrighteous will be touched,have a change of heart, repent from his evil ways and begin to produce fruits that are fit for repentance. You see, the unrighteous is not judged and cursed solely for his unrighteous deeds, he is not caused just because he sets out to do evil, not when he was born into the nature that bequeaths that way of life to him, one which he came into without his knowledge or consent . Rather he is judged and cursed because he has failed to make good use of the opportunity given to him by the providence of God to turn from his wicked ways. The providence which included the gift of salvation was given to him to enable him to produce the fruits meet for repentance.

 

What about the righteous, these must show greater care, because much has been given unto them, much would be exoected in return. They must be careful not to think that all that matters is coming into these provisions, they too must understand that they have been made the recipients of God's provision so that they can bear fruits of righteousness that brings glory honour and praise unto God (2Corinthians 8:8-10). Such must also understand that they are approved of solely by the fruits which they produce after soaking up the rain of God's grace. Therefore, the question which we must continually ask ourselves is this...what manner of fruits am i producing? Does it meet up to God's approval? Have a fruitful day!