The First Signs of Fruit (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 6)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

Sometimes fruit doesn’t come in the way you would expect.  Take this little experiment we’re on for example.  I figured the first signs of fruit would be someone getting healed or delivered.  Maybe someone would be set free from a besetting sin or by the end of the month someone would get saved.  These were the thoughts I had as I prepared for this month.

But the first signs of fruit have actually been people slowly beginning to let me know that their beginning to focus more on listening and obeying what they hear from Jesus.  And so now there is this small group of people from different parts of the country who are beginning to listen to Jesus and do what He says.  Imagine what could happen if we all began to do this and encourage one another forward into obedience to Christ’s voice.  I say all of that to say, you are setting an example and pulling other people into listening and obedience just by doing it yourself.  The fruit will begin to speak for itself.

At the same time, we need to continue to press in for more of God’s power and authority to accompany our obedience.  Sean Hughely, one of the guys who presses me to go further in Jesus, just tweeted this tonight and I believe it’s applicable for where we’re at:

“If Jesus Lives in you, He might just change someone’s life forever today…THROUGH YOU!! If that statement bugs you, check your faith meter.”

This is the crux of what we’re aiming at in this challenge: touching Jesus, obeying His voice, and changing the world by doing so.

So, have you seen any fruit since we’ve begun the challenge?  Tell us in the comment section what’s changed from listening and being obedient.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

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.

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