How to Live a Productive and Fulfilled Life

Let us delve a little deeper into John 15 vs 4.

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

John 15 vs 4

In my last message I outlined the importance of remaining in God’s righteousness, forgiveness, and unconditional love, pointing out the importance of recognising that we already have his love, forgiveness, and righteousness because Jesus has already paid more than the necessary price.

But there is another component of remaining in Jesus, and that is the expectation of bearing much fruit – being productive for God.

In this particular context, Jesus is talking about bearing fruit in terms of service to God. In other words, taking the gospel to all nations and people. Indeed, thanks to zoom, last Sunday, I heard a wonderful sermon given by the pastor of Havers Community Church, on the different gifts of the holy Spirit, according 1st Corinthians chapter 12.

‘To one there is given through the spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same spirit, to another faith by the same spirit, to another the gift of healing by that one spirit, to another miraculous powers to prophesy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different types of tongues, and still to another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are the work of one and the same spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.’

1st Corinthians 12 vs 7 to 11

The message was loud and clear – every single one of us is blessed with a specific gift that is to be utilised in service to God for the benefit of the body of Christ. Some are gifted the ability to teach, some to prophesy, others to heal, some to speak in tongues, others to teach etc. These gifts were given to us by the Holy Spirit and have a particular purpose to fulfill. No gift is more important than another. As such, you and I should appreciate, cherish, and develop our gift, as against spending so much time wishing we had another one or trying to utilise a talent that wasn’t given to us in the first place.

And why do we spend so much of our time wishing we had some other gift / talent?

Because we’re mostly seeking the glory of man as against seeking God’s glory. In other words, to be seen by others to be doing great things.

“How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”

John 5 vs 44

The biggest obstacle to our utilising our talents to fulfill God’s purpose for us is our propensity to desire and seek praise and approval from others.

I’m slowly but steadily learning that the key to fulfillment lies not in the praise or recognition one gets from others, but simply focusing on doing what God designed one to do for the sake of those he created us to serve; not just in reference to the body of Christ but in our daily work.

Whatever your gift or talent is, appreciate it, and ask God how he wants you to use it to serve him in your daily life.

The incredible thing about God is that he designed you to attain tremendous joy, fulfillment, and peace of mind from doing the very thing he created you to do. This is why wishing we had what others have or trying to cultivate gifts / talents that we were not designed or created to have is not only futile but self-depleting.

That specific gift or talent you have was given to you by God. By remaining in him, appreciating your talent, and focusing on doing what he created you to do with it, you will bear much fruit. In other words, by using the talent God gave you to do what he created you to do, you will be successful. Real success is doing what you were created to do to the very best of your ability.

Your talent belongs to and came from God, and he gave it to you for a specific reason. The more you utilise it for his glory the more connected you are to the true source of your strength, energy, power, ability, and authority.

Finally, may we always remember that our gift / talent is not self-serving, but for the sake of encouraging, lifting up and strengthening others.

So many lives are depending on you being the person God created you to be.

Appreciate and cherish the talent he gave you, continuously develop it, and use it to bless those he’s put in your care.

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