But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Not everyone who hears the word wants to do it. Some use it to be puffed up, to inflate their mind only with the knowledge. Alternatively, to edify is used to build and construct. Those who are inflating their minds with knowledge are consumers, being inflated with the Word. Those who are edified with the Word are using the Word to construct and build something. These individuals are producers.
The enemy’s agenda from the beginning of time has been to keep us consumer minded. The message God gives us as consumers is to make us better producers.
God established Adam in the garden with the intention of him being a producer. Produce is another word for fruit. To produce means to yield fruit!
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Verses 3‐8 call us to bear much fruit, which can also be said to “bear much produce.”
God intended for us to be fruitful. Jesus says that we are to be known by our fruit.
We tend to link ourselves with being a Christian by the things we consume. For example, I go to church…I go to consume or be served the things that church has to offer me. I read the Bible…I consume the Bible. Is my Christianity based on what I am consuming or what I am producing?
Jesus doesn’t identify us by what we consume but by what we produce. The word is what the father uses to prune and cut away to bring more fruit.
God is glorified in what I produce, not what I consume.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
The Lord is the husbandman of the earth!
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
God didn’t send the rain until there was a man the to cultivate what would grow.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Get your ground ready!
It was always God’s plan that man be fruitful.
God had never intended us to get all the nourishment and calories it takes to advance the kingdom and then never burn it off. We would become spiritually fat.
In Genesis 3, Satan’s agenda was to get Eve consumer minded. He wanted her to think her purpose and success would come from consuming the fruit. Today, he still wants us to think that someone’s purpose and success comes from gaining and consuming.
The enemy’s agenda is not always financial. Its ok to have stuff but when stuff has you, it controls you.
God never puts your focus on what you don’t have, He encourages you to focus on managing what you DO have.
When visiting or looking for a church, we should look at what we can produce there, not what we can consume there.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
In this passage, people had bought stuff and didn’t want to come to the feast. They preferred to consume what they had acquired.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
If you’re thinking about yourself you become a consumer. If you’re thinking about God , you become a producer.