Today's Inspiration: No one can comprehend the mysteries of God. Even the wisest man on this earth cannot really comprehend it even though he thinks he knows. Ecclesiastes 8:17. God has His timing for everything we choose to do and everyone is given an opportunity. How we cash in on this opportunity depends very much on how much you hear and whether you will listen? Obedience brings forth fruit. Isaiah 1:20.
There are three levels of fruitfulness. Sometimes we wonder why some people are more fruitful than others. It depends on your level of maturity.
John classifies our level of maturity as little children, young man and fathers. 1 John 2:12-14. Maturity has nothing to do with the number of years you know the Lord. Those in this level of maturity are self-centred, compromising and work for themselves. They rather take more than they give. It is normal to be a babe in Christ but we cannot remain as babies. Babies are demanding and drained your energy. They need to grow up and many Christians are in this category hence their reaping is only 30-fold. They witness and impact lives but not effective.
Young men in this context refers to those who have grown spiritually and are strong in grace and able to teach the word. They learn how to resist the devil in spiritual warfare. Because of these, they touch more lives and in greater measure. Here is a place where they acknowledge they can't do anything without the Lord and bring themselves subjection to Christ where the LORD Jesus is crowned in every area of their lives. Although they still struggle with the flesh, the heart commitment is there. This level reaps up to 60-fold.
The third level of Christianity are the matured ones who have truly the knowledge of the heart of Christ and now is friend of Jesus. He embraced the discipline of Romans 12:1 offering their body as living sacrifice and reproduce disciples. This category reaps 100-fold.
In the Body of Christ, many have not attained fatherhood.
Which category are you in? First category is merely believers with 30-fold fruitfulness, second category is disciples or servant reaping 60-fold and third category partnership with Christ to reproduce disciples for they have learned the secret of becoming yoked with Christ and working together with Him. Matthew 13:8, John 15:13-15.
Many cannot attain maturity because they have no growing up years. You have to address the wounds of childhood and learn the reparenting skills of the Lord before you can move onto maturity or you cannot break your cyclical problems.
Genesis 1:28 Be fruitful and multiply! God promised you a fruitful year this year but this can only be achieved with watchfulness in prayer. "Grow in maturity" is God's heartcry for you.