DAY 131 OF 365: WALKING THROUGH THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

The true basis of Christianity is not activities but intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, as well as the effect of that relationship…

Title: BUSY DOING NOTHING

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?

Luke 13:6-7

The true basis of Christianity is not activities but intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, as well as the effect of that relationship. ”Rejoice not”, Jesus said, “that demons -spirits- are subject to you, but rather that your names are written by My Father in Heaven”. – (Like 10:20). Many believers glory over new creation realities without understanding new creation lifestyle. They boast over the fact that Christ has done it all for them so they need not strive for anything. They therefore engage themselves in things that drain rather than edify the inner man (their spirit man). And a day will come when they will be shocked by their own actions, where their flesh reveals itself as dominant instead of the Spirit of God in them.

I’ll like you to observe the question that ends our opening text today. I submit to you from God’s word that it is possible for you to be so established in activities of life including religious services and yet be unfruitful to God. Very true. You can be very much planted and occupying, as per filling in spaces, warming benches/pews, completing attendance reports, identifying with the Body of Christ and all, yet as busy as that might seem, you may just be “using up the ground”, enjoying the nutrients and benefits but producing little in return.

This is why you mustn’t be deceived by activities. Satan agrees for believers to be busy with religious activities. What he doesn’t want is you and I engaging the Christian practical lifestyle of being like Christ through discipline, self-denial, sacrifice, humility and the manifestation of the fruits/character of the recreated human spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22-23. Satan has no problem with you being an usher in the Church, a prayer leader, a busy technical crew or evangelizer, as long as he succeeds in keeping you from knowing God and being changed through that knowledge.

This is why we have so many programs and programs with very few folks being transformed in the Church. According to Colossians 1:9-10 and Ephesians 3:16-19, true fruitfulness is a product of having a personal knowledge of God through Jesus Christ. This knowledge is a product of a living encounter that releases power to produce result in the life of the person who has it. It’s like when a man “knows” his wife. The next thing is that she gets pregnant. This is knowledge that makes fruitfulness. Again, I reinstate, it’s not about doing work upon work. You can be so busy and yet be doing nothing.

But, we can let the Master dig deep into and around our hearts today. We can allow the Master operate upon us and make us fruitful. In John 15, Jesus said, “Abide in me… “. This is the key. It means to be rooted in Christ. Again, I said in Christ, not in works. Abiding in Christ means submitting myself to become like Christ more everyday. It means to submit my heart to be operated upon by the Holy Spirit where He brings every mess to light until all is dealt with and removed. It means to say, Lord, daily search my heart. Make me holy, tried, true and more like you. Correct my motives, thoughts and intentions. Help me define my relationships and attachments upon the basis my relationship with you. UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN ME.

If there be any prayer I believe God wants us praying apart from seeking the salvation of souls, this is it. If there is any work I believe God wants us engaged in apart from the work of bringing souls into the Kingdom, this is the work: striving to become more like Jesus.
Father, we receive you abundant grace required for us to abound unto every good work today, in Jesus name, amen.

Author: James George

Hello, I am James George, a passionate teacher of God's Word; that writer who believes in the balanced communication of God's word in simplicity and clarity as the tool for making destinies and shaping lives.

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