The Key to Fruitfulness
A friend of mine got into the bird nest business later than most of those who were already well established in the industry. But this newbie friend of mine got so deep into the business that the oldies came to him for advice and in no time, he was elected the General Secretary of their business association. In fact, he not only did well but became an expert in his field while many other investors in this business failed and ventured into something else.
As I talked to him, I realized that he not only has the necessary skills, expertise and equipment like others in the same business, but he has something extra. What is the extra he has that makes him successful?
Apart from all the necessary knowledge, tools, methods and training, he has something very critical and unbelievable-he knows the birds. He knows how the birds live, their habits and their ways. Unbelievable, isn't it? But he has it. You can pinpoint in a vacant bird hotel where you want the bird to make its nest, and he will be able to make the bird nest at that very location. "Wow! How does he do that?" you may ask. The answer is he knows and he understands the birds.
In the same way, how can we be successful in the Christian life and in the Christian ministry? To be successful in this life in Christ, we must start learning to know more about our God so that we know how He blesses us. We will be making a grave mistake if we think that more equipping will get us going, or more training, or the latest methods others are using, or even changing to another church or ministry will bring in the results. Not that equipping, or training, or methods are wrong, but the key is in knowing how God works. And that can only come about when we are in him and he in us.
In John 15:5 Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Success and fruitfulness do not come from us and if I understand the Scriptures correctly, it is actually none of our business. Our business is to abide in him, really seeking to know him and when we are fully abiding in him and he is fully in control of our lives, fruitfulness will surely be the result. Again, this is not my experience, or theory, but this is what Jesus promises all of us.
May our journey in 2010 be a journey of really abiding in Jesus, knowing him and understanding how he works as we fully join him. May we practice the presence of God.
Elder Richard Koh
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