This morning, the Holy Spirit guided me back to the beginning, the book of Genesis.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
I didn’t know for sure why He took me back to the beginning. Genesis 1, I can nearly recite it. Nothing new there right?
But, there was something new there, revelation.
I saw it…the first recorded words that God gave to man, “Be Fruitful”.
I never saw this command. I never realized the power given to us in those two words. And I never understood why this is where the enemy always comes to fight.
Be Fruitful – Be productive in such a way that yields positive results.
Then it was more than a command, God spoke life into us. He defined what our nature should be. “Be fruitful.”
Fruit has seed that replenishes when it is planted in fertile ground. The seed we plant, is expected to grow and not die.
The enemy will try to fight our nature to be fruitful. He tries to keep us still, stagnant, never producing anything or planting good seed in infertile ground.
Then if the enemy doesn’t keep us still, he will keep us busy being fruitful in the wrong areas of life.
Then I peeked a little further in the Word, and I saw that being fruitful comes with multiplication and growth.
And I saw that if I’m not growing then I’m not being fruitful in the manner that God wants me to be.
I am always fruitful but I don’t always acknowledge what is growing? Trouble or peace? Abundance or debt? Heartache or joy?
What areas are producing ‘fruit’? The areas that I give my time, my effort and my attention.
Quick example… I have an author page on Facebook that stayed at 81 followers for about 2 years. I never cultivated it, worked on it, so there was no fruit. Two weeks ago I placed my link on a post and got a few more followers. Then I made it a goal to hit 200. Not only did I make the goal but I exceeded it and this week’s goal is to make 300.
Okay it sounds good but my church membership has not grown. The nature of being fruitful works, but I didn’t apply it to ministry.
So what if I’m fruitful, state my goal this week, go out into the streets of Richmond VA, and introduce them to Christ? What if I put the effort into souls?
Be fruitful. That’s my command, my nature, and my result.
My thoughts this morning, coffee is already brewed. Now it’s time for me to get up and start the day being fruitful.
Ayoka Boyce, a Fruitful Minister, Blogger, and Lover of Coffee