This is a very important message. I do not want to miss any of it, so I wrote it down and I read it.
Every child of God must be fruitful for the kingdom of God. Jesus said that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. Every newly born again believer needs to be brought up and transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ to be useable for the kingdom of God. That transformation is achieved through our relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are not useable for the kingdom of God in our unchanged form, with a worldly mindset and way of living, our self-reliance and worldly wisdom. We need a kingdom mindset. We need to learn to think, live and act like a child of God. We read in Romans 12:1,2. “1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We need to take on and live the Jesus way, according to His teachings and commands, as they are also recorded in the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and learn to follow and obey the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul did not just immediately start preaching after he met Jesus on the Damascus road. He first was taught by Jesus, through revelation. Galatians 1:11-24″For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 14and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. 15But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.
18Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20(Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 21Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24And they were glorifying God because of me.”
Paul was a changed man, and you will also be different when you walk with Jesus and are taught by Him.
After repentance, water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism we need be reshaped through our relationship with Jesus, submitting ourselves to Him, to the working and discipline of the Holy Sprit.
We do not easily change our ways and our thinking. Often Jesus has to discipline us in unpleasant, often brutal ways, through loss, pain and suffering. He does it for our own good, not because He hates us. Like clay in the hand of the potter, we need to be crushed, milled, molded and formed to be transformed into the instrument that Jesus wants to make out of us, to be used for His kingdom and His glory. We must submit to Him, yield, trust and obey, even when we suffer.
Jesus Himself, when in the form of a man, learned obedience through suffering. In Hebrews 5:8 we read:”Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”
The process never stops, because Jesus is working perfection in those who follow Him, and who stay with Him. John 15:1 Jesus said: I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”
All the servants of God, disciples of Jesus, are transformed, changed people. They are not like the world. They are not sinners, they are saints. They are not just believers, they are followers of Jesus, disciples and servants of the kingdom of God.
We will only be useable and suitable for the kingdom of God as long as we keep on bearing fruit. We can only bear fruit if we remain yielded to Jesus, to be broken, molded and transformed to be used by Him. Psalm 92:14 “They will still yield fruit in old age;
They shall be full of sap and very green,”
Those who refuse to submit to Jesus to be transformed and used by Him, will be cut off and burned. They will not enter His kingdom.
Do not believe the false gospel, that you only need to believe in Jesus to be saved and be part of His kingdom. Become a disciple and follow Jesus all the way. There is only one way to have eternal life: Obey Jesus Christ and follow Him all the way, until the very end.
May Jesus bless you.