Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Jan 21, 2018

Planted - Juggling Act #3

Planted - “Fruit where you are, Roots where you’re Growing.”

3 Keys to “Roots”

  1. Attending - 3 Sunday’s per month. National statistics show active church attendance is 1.8 Sundays a month. 
  2. Inviting - Inviting means Invested. If you won’t invite someone it is because of one of 2 reasons: A Fruit Issue or A Root Issue.  You’re Not Producing or You’re Not Planted. 
  3. Invest - Time (Attending), Talent (Fruit or Inviting), Tithe (Financially)

 

Matthew 7:15-17

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

 

Matthew 12:33 

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 

Planted - “Fruit where you are, Roots where you’re Growing.”

 

Fruit -

John 15:16 “16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” (NKJV)

For us to produce “much fruit” we have to get planted in his “Choosing Power” not our “Producing Power.”

 

God wants you to produce Fruit, not just some fruit but A LOT of Fruit. I mean, more than A LOT, storehouses of Fruit!!! 

What God sees in you, What I see in you is so mind blowing that it is world changing. 

 

Illustration: Juggling

 

The Trap

The trap many believers fall into is that at some point we make a shift from Producing Fruit to Juggling Fruit. 

The Start - The Power of God made it Bud, Caused it to Grow, Made it Glorious. 

The Sustaining - John 15:16 “you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”

It says you should have Fruit that remains not Fruit that you juggle

 

How does this happen? This occurs when essential component of Relationship/Intimacy is replaced by Knowledge/Ability. 

This occurs in Marriages all the time. 

This occurs in Ministry all the time. 

I will not always be a Pastor but I will always be a Son. 

 

My Fruit

I need everyone in the Worship Center to grab an apple. Now you have Fruit. 

 

What will be the outcome of this Fruit on your life? Will you Produce with it or Juggle it. 

What is the purpose of this apple? To reproduce the Tree it came from.

Is the Apple for the nourishment of the Tree itself? No, the tree doesn’t need to eat the Apple.

Is the Apple good for others? Yes, most of us benefit from Apples

 

Am I Juggling or Producing? 

The Apple is just an illustration of your Fruit? So what I want you to do with this Apple this week is to go Produce fruit by giving it to someone, but you have to tell them “Why” you are giving it to them. 

The Apple can represent: 

Prayer

Love - A hug, An uninterrupted moment of your time

Blessing 

 

For some of us, the moment we picked up the Apple, we started to juggle when the purpose of the Apple is to produce. 

 

What causes Juggling?

Fear - Many believers never give themselves a chance to fail because fear never lets them try.

More than that, we never give ourself a chance to succeed because of the fear of failure. 

Franklin Roosevelt said “For we have nothing to fear but fear it self.”

 

II Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self- control.” (or a powerful spirit operated by love and self- control.)

Isn’t it amazing that Galatians 5 says the “Fruit of the Spirit” is book ended with Love and Self-control. 

 

What causes Producing?

We start producing in the spirit that He gave us. A powerful spirit operated by love and self-control.

What is opposite of Love? Many people say hate but it is actually Fear. 

I John 4:18 “18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 

If you will think about it, anything hate based, is fear driven at the roots. 

 

What is the opposite of Faith? Many people say Fear but it is actually sight. 

II Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

 

For us to produce “much fruit” we have to get planted in his “Choosing Power” not our “Producing Power.”

This occurs when our roots are driven deep into this one essential component of Relationship/ Intimacy with the Father.  

 

Do you love someone enough to give them an Apple? The Father loves you so much he gave you His Son.

 

 

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