NO FRUITFULNESS WITHOUT INTIMACY
In and through His death, Jesus put to death that previous husband, giving us the permission as a legal right to now be married to another man who has now secured us a better destiny. Paul argues that the reason for this new union with Christ is for us to bear fruit to God, just like a woman when she is married bares fruit for her husband. We are now married to God legally through Christ’s sacrifice. The next logical consequence now is that we begin to bear fruit for our new husband. Jesus set us free from whatever covenant we could have had with failure, with our past, with our history. He joined us to God in a new covenant for the sole purpose of bearing fruit to Him, just like any woman will desire to bear fruit to the husband she loves.
So ladies and gentlemen, what argument could your failure have? What legal ground could fruitlessness, lack of success have on you after this? You are right, NONE!!! Stand up, believe in yourself, go ahead and begin to bare fruits. Arise, believe God. The power is in you already. The price has been paid for you through Christ. Go forward, roll up your sleeves, and let your sacrifice of labor begin. Look for what to do. Give your best to it and expect an abundance of fruit. It is yours, go for it!
Let’s revisit that verse again in Romans 7:4
“Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”
Notice that this passage continues that same line of thought that a woman whose husband is dead, is free to remarry another and as a result to bear fruit for Him. So also there is a reason for the price Christ paid for us. We are united with God for a purpose. That purpose is bearing fruit. In one word – FRUITFULNESS.
For a husband and wife to be fruitful, they must be together intimately. The source of true fruitfulness therefore is one word – intimacy. No matter what your background was, no matter what your history was, the only thing you need for fruitfulness is to be in intimate union with your new husband. That new husband is Christ. One of the most important assignments of your life, is to strive to find ways and avenues to come closer and closer to Him on a daily basis.
There is a way intimacy produces fruit that is outstanding. The fruitfulness of intimacy is much stronger than other forms of productivity. Yes, we could produce fruits in different manners, top of which is through work and labor. Work is the primary source of fruitfulness that God Himself gave to all men. When we work, we produce fruits. When we labor, we see results. Especially in the physical and material sense. The superiority of productivity which comes through intimacy is that unlike the fruitfulness from labor, fruitfulness through intimacy starts from within.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja