Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness: Introduction

I’m increasingly becoming convinced that great fruitfulness only comes from being intimately connected to Jesus.

This really shouldn’t surprise me, because Jesus told me it would be this way (John 15:4).

But if you think about the world you live in, so many times we act like this is not the case.  We believe that our good ideas and biblical thoughts will cause us to be fruitful.  We believe that if we just get the biblical model right, God will make us fruitful.  And so we spend all of our time getting our model of church or ministry right….or we try to become more holy…or more likable so we can be fruitful.  When all Jesus is asking is that we stay connected.

What does being connected mean?  It means that we have a relationship with Jesus.  This relationship begins with communication and communication usually starts with listening.  But it doesn’t end there.  We listen so we can understand and interact.  And when we interact, we behave differently. We have new information.  We have a different perspective.  Maybe we even have a new agenda.

All of this is to say that Jesus desires for us to hear Him.  He wants a people that are listening.  He also wants a people who obey after they have finished listening.

I’ve been thinking tonight about Acts 13 and the ministry meeting that happened in Antioch before Paul and Barnabas became apostolic missionaries.  Notice how ministry does not mean they were helping people.  They were ministering by worshiping and prayer. They were abiding. The result was that Paul and Barnabas were released into an apostolic church planting ministry the likes of which is nearly unheard of in the Western world right now.

When was the last time your evangelism and church planting happened because Jesus gave you the idea in prayer?  When was the last time you waited for God to give you something to do, rather than just doing something that needed to be done?  When was the last time you obeyed those subtle promptings in prayer and saw what could happen? Make no mistake, fruitfulness comes from abiding and obeying.

Thus, the “Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness.”  I’m going to begin spending 30 minutes every day for the next thirty days waiting on Jesus and listening.  My goal is to actually hear what He wants me to do and then do it. Nothing more, nothing less.  And then, to make the exercise real and accountable, I’m going to post a quick update about it here on the blog.  I will begin here tomorrow, September 1st, and write up until September 30th.  At the end of the month, I will sum up my findings.

But I want you to join me.  You can do that one of two ways.  You can practice abiding on your own and write about it on your blog or you can take the abiding challenge and write about it on the comment section below.  But remember, it’s not just about listening prayer, but about listening prayer that turns into tangible action and fruitfulness.  I believe the results will be well worth the effort.

Photo Credit: Calendar by Adreanna Moyer Photography

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

33 responses to “Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness: Introduction”

  1. Alan Knox says :

    First, I love this post! Thank you!

    I think, though, that there is no neat separation between “worshiping God” and “serving others”. For example, the word translated “worshiping” in Acts 13:2 is the verb leitourgeo. Here is a definition of that word group: “The leitourg- family in Graeco-Roman usage denotes various types of public or civic service, cultic and secular. N.T. writers adopt the terminology in ref. to Christian understanding of responsibility to God and generous concern for human beings.”

    -Alan

  2. traviskolder says :

    Hey Alan

    Thanks for the comment and I totally agree about there being no neat separation between the two…I guess my concern more than anything is the abandonment (particularly in my own heart) of two really working together, as opposed to actually being two separate functions that don’t inform and enhance the other. Thanks for the break down of worship in Acts 13!

  3. David says :

    I have heard Christians say “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship.” and while they are right, I often wonder if they know what a relationship with Jesus really is. What you say here is what a true relationship with Jesus entails. I will accompany you on this adventure.

    • davaocityoutreach says :

      Better: Christianity is a relationship that leads to pure religion.

      “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)

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  3. Strengthened To Obey (Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness, Day 3) « Pursuing Glory - September 4, 2010
  4. Confusion (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 4) « Pursuing Glory - September 6, 2010
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  8. Hearing His Voice (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 8) « Pursuing Glory - September 9, 2010
  9. Peace In Storms (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 9) « Pursuing Glory - September 10, 2010
  10. Humility (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 10) « Pursuing Glory - September 12, 2010
  11. I’m Being Heard (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 11) « Pursuing Glory - September 13, 2010
  12. Some Thoughts on Priests (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 12) « Pursuing Glory - September 14, 2010
  13. Focus (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 13) « Pursuing Glory - September 14, 2010
  14. Highs and Lows (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 14) « Pursuing Glory - September 16, 2010
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  16. “Stuff” (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 16) « Pursuing Glory - September 17, 2010
  17. Small Desires (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 15) « Pursuing Glory - September 17, 2010
  18. Confirmation (Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness, Day 17) « Pursuing Glory - September 19, 2010
  19. Learning to Focus, Learning to Love (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 18) « Pursuing Glory - September 22, 2010
  20. Dropped Balls and Seeing In The Spirit (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 19) « Pursuing Glory - September 24, 2010
  21. Missing God (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 20) « Pursuing Glory - September 24, 2010
  22. The Word of Knowledge (Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness, Day 21) « Pursuing Glory - September 26, 2010
  23. Letting Go (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 22) « Pursuing Glory - September 28, 2010
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