How To Be A Fruitful Christian
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:4-8)
Jesus told us we could discern true believers from false ones by their fruit. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-17)
We should all want to be fruitful Christians, and 2 Peter 1:4-8 tells us how. Let’s break down a few of the words Peter used in these verses so we can better understand what it takes to be a fruitful believer.
The word partakers means sharers. Corruption means decay and ruin. Knowledge could also be translated excellence. Temperance is self-control. Patience is cheerful endurance, and charity means love.
Peter noted that all of these things should be added to our faith, and they should abound (or increase) as we continue to live our faith. None of us should be stagnant in our walk with the Lord. We don't all begin at the same level of faith, but we all should be growing to the next level of faith, whatever that may be for each of us. As we continually develop our excellence, self-control, cheerful endurance, and love, our fruit will grow. We will have a more mature faith, more revelation, strength, and knowledge of God.
Practical Application – How is the fruit in your life? Continue growing in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, and love, and the fruit of God's Word will be plenteous and sweet in your life!