Be Fruitful - The One Year Salt and Light Devotional

Be Fruitful

Matthew 28:18-20

Go and make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:19)

JESUS SENT HIS FOLLOWERS OUT INTO the world with a message, and both the sending and the message remain nonnegotiable today. No matter how much our society relativizes its versions of truth, how often people tell us to keep our beliefs to ourselves, or how skeptical others are of our faith, the imperative is still there. We should have no problem complying with the formal and informal rules of society and respecting the diversity of our culture and the people who compose it—but we still have a responsibility to be influential somewhere, somehow, in someone’s life.

So how do we go about this? Some of us are bold in our conversations, while others’ strengths are seen in examples of love and faith. Some of us emphasize apologetics and debate while others focus on works of mercy and compassion. And some of us seek demonstrations of spiritual power. Of all the many ways of reaching people with the truth and love of God, which are right?

Probably all of them, and some we haven’t even thought of yet. The point is not which method is right—God created diverse personalities and distributed varying spiritual gifts—but whether we are intentional about our mission in the first place. People who rely exclusively on principles develop a relationship with principles rather than with God. As Jesus showed throughout his ministry, he works in different ways at different times. His character is not situational, but his ways are. And we are called to follow them attentively.

In the earliest pages of Genesis, God told the first couple to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and influence it (Genesis 1:28). Jesus’ words to his followers are the spiritual version of that mission. How each of us goes out into the world will depend on Jesus’ leading, but the imperative of going applies to all. Every believer is called to pursue a life of fruitfulness, whether we ever see the fruit or not. Set your heart on that mission in full confidence that he is with you and will lead, strengthen, and bless you wherever you go.

{Jesus, how do I fit into your purposes? Which corner of the world am I called to influence? How do you want me to represent you and your message? Show me, lead me, fill me. I say “yes” to your calling today and forever. Amen.

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