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Dearly beloved, I bring you greetings in the name that is above every other name, Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God and our soon coming King. It is always a great pleasure to come your way every Sunday with a word from the Lord. We live in an hour and time where believers are paying more attention to miracles and the blessings of God rather than being fruitful in the Kingdom. Beloved, you were saved so that you could become an extension of the Hands of God in getting others saved and established in the Kingdom. My assignment today is to draw your attention to the infallible, errorless word of God.

He spake also this parable; a certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and found none. Then he said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, behold these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord let it alone this year also, till I dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Luke 13:6-9 (KJV)

Based on our texts, we need to ask ourselves some sincere questions. Are we just ornamental plants, very pretty with a lot of flowers but no fruit? Ornamental plants can be good in our homes for decoration and beauty, but God has not called any of His children to be just ornamental, He has called us to be fruitful. Thank God for all the religious clichés, thank God for the nice dresses we wear to church, the beautiful time of praise worship and all that is good, but if that is where you stop, then beloved, it is time to wake up, because someone’s life is depending on you being fruitful.

The question I’d like to ask you this morning is whose life are you touching? Every day you meet unbelievers, how many have you spoken to about Jesus? How many have you led to accept Him as Lord and Saviour? You meet weaker Christians on a regular basis, how many have you strengthened? You know some of them, but rather than help strengthen and restore them in the faith, you keep quiet because you perhaps don’t want to miss the business opportunity that brought you close to the person.  My question is who told you that the relationship you have with that person is all about business? Are you aware that God might have created that opportunity for the purpose of strengthening that brother or sister? I know that you might have tried to minister to the person without getting results, but that is not enough excuse for you to go your own way. No, take out time to pray for that person, because it is not about words alone. Learn to back up your efforts with prayers. Trust God for a change and a restoration in the person’s life.

Beloved, I come to remind you that God does not want you to use your faith only to receive material blessings, but rather use your faith to snatch people out of the hands of the devil and by implication, hell. Life is not all about what to eat, drink or put on, rather it is about transforming lives. The time has gone for the Pastor to come and preach you happy every Sunday while you just sit down and all you leave the church with, is “that was a great service”. No, it is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. It is time to live fruitfully, impact lives and transform nations. That is what we are called to do and that is what we are going to do in Jesus name, Amen.

My prayer for you today is that in every area of your life, you shall be fruitful, you shall multiply and you shall replenish the earth in Jesus’ name, Amen. You are blessed!


In His Royal Service

Dr Mike Okonkwo

The Presiding Bishop

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