I really hope you will follow Greg Pierce’s suggestion and read chapter 8, about being fruitful. He says some things that we in the Christian community need to hear and to heed. What does it really mean to be fruitful? What kind of example did Jesus set by living as he did?
In most “developed” cultures today, fruitfulness is equated with productivity. Does my family have a healthier savings account or retirement portfolio than last year? Have my activities increased the bottom line of the company I work for?
Or, have I brought more bodies into the church—more people to sit in the pews and, eventually, to be counted on the membership rolls? Have I brought more money into the congregation and its ministries?
If that’s what Jesus meant by fruitfulness, then just think of all the people who could not be fruitful, those who are:
• In prison
• Too young—all children
• And probably some other categories.
What do you think Jesus meant when he talked about being fruitful?
List some non-monetary, non-numerical examples of fruitfulness you have witnessed or been part of. Share your list in our comments section.