Ada — Do you ever wonder how much God expects out of you? I ponder that question at times, and I think the answer varies for everybody. I believe that the scriptures teach every Christian should be fruitful and every Christian should give their best effort in serving God.
Perhaps we may never really know exactly how fruitful God expects us to be but I think that if we sit back and examine our hearts and let God speak to us through His Word, then we can be convicted about if God would be pleased with our efforts.
Let me begin by making clear that we are not saved by our works, because God saves us through His grace if we have faith in Jesus as our sole source of salvation (no pun intended).
Nevertheless, works are a critical part of the Christian life and show God how faithful we really are. Ephesians 2:8-10 sums this up perfectly when it says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
So we have been created for good works in Christ, but it is not by these works that we receive salvation.
So what does it mean to be fruitful? The Bible talks about fruit extensively in Galatians 5:22-23, where the apostle Paul describes the “fruit of the Spirit,” or the natural fruit of a Christian's life.
He describes such things as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Fruit could also be described as using your talents to glorify God and spread the good news of Christ to others.