Genesis 1:6-13: The secret of fruitfulness.
‘6 And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault ‘sky’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day. 9 And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.” NIV UK
It is a ‘’good’’ thing to be fruitful. God has declared it so. As we prepare to exit one year and to enter another, I want to know how I can be fruitful. I want the church I’m part of to be fruitful.
Well, as with the ‘’vegetation’’ in today’s passage, there are different ‘’kinds’’ of believers. There’s a great variety in the church. We differ so much from one another. Our backgrounds are not the same. Our wiring is different. ‘I’d like you more if you were more like me’ is the title of a recent book from the pen of John Ortberg. Of course it expresses the fact that we are different, and that these differences often lead to tensions. John Stott once observed that we are not to imagine that we have all been ‘mass produced in some celestial factory’. But as different as we may be, He makes us all with the potential for fruitfulness.
There can be no fruitfulness without the Word Of God: ‘’Then God said, ‘’Let the land produce vegetation…’’ ‘’
There can be no fruitfulness without the activity of God Himself.
PRAYER: O Lord, make us very fruitful, to the glory of your Name.