Here we are again at the beginning of another year! Having crossed over, it seems like it was just January of last year. “Time is moving fast!” is our mantra. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed but yet the clock keeps ticking; there is still much to do. Work schedules, traveling, to-do lists, cooking, cleaning, homework, class projects, sport practices, games…worship services, helps meetings, rehearsals, fellowships, yearly planning…oh, and don’t forget… feeding the dog, and all those last minute items…and while you’re at it … answer the phone, open those emails, and respond to all those text messages! And there’s so much more that just doesn’t get done in a day’s work. Yet, the cycle never ends! I’m reminded of that old commercial for this relaxing bath product, “Calgon, take me away!”
Being busy can be overwhelming, especially if we are not accomplishing much. It can have us feeling like we are on the treadmill of life going nowhere fast. It doesn’t have to be so with the right perspective and approach to life. Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” God has a plan for everyday of our lives and it is clearly indicated in His Word that we don’t have to be weighed down with the cares of life. All we have to do is ask for His guidance and be obedient to what He’s leading us to do. His plan for us is to take on His way which requires something of you but it’s not going to wear you out. This is because; His way is ‘easy’ and ‘light’.
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
God designed us to be fruitful not busy. Fruitful means producing good results or being productive. And productive doesn’t mean doing a lot of things. It is simply doing what God has placed in your hands to do, and He ensures you have all you need (2 Peter 1:3, 4) to be fruitful, whether it’s a lot or not. The problem is that we oftentimes take on our own plans and/or other’s plans of what we are supposed to be doing. This only overloads our plate with more, keeping us on that cycle of busyness.
John 15:4 (KJV)
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.
John 15:5 (KJV)
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.
In order for us to be fruitful, we must allow God to cut away the things in our lives that only keep us busy but are not really what He told us to do. This is so that we may continue to please our Father by ‘bearing more fruit’.
John 15:2 (KJV)
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.
John 15:8 (KJV)
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
When we are operating in the will of God we not only are productive but our character also exudes the fruit of the Spirit. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person who is busy doing their own thing full of love, joy, peace, patience, or gentleness (Gal. 5:22). Usually, they are quite cumbered or burdened about doing a lot of things. Remember Martha in Luke 10 who hosted Jesus at her house. She was disturbed that Mary wasn’t helping her. But Jesus’ reply to her was, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part …” Mary recognized that the ‘good part’ was that when Jesus shows up nothing else matters. Everything else has to take a backseat; being in the presence of the King was more important.
Are there things in your life that have you overwhelmed and burdened down? It’s time to take inventory in your life and to see what needs to go. Take a good look and evaluate areas in your life that you have taken on some task or responsibility that really was not God’s instructions for your life. There may even be things that are “good”, like giving someone a ride to work or babysitting someone’s child. These things are wonderful and good deeds, but if God did not tell you to do it, you are out of His will for your life. And you have stepped out of His covering to sustain and provide for you. Sometimes you have to tell others ‘no’. I know it may disappoint. But there is no greater disappointment than disappointing our heavenly Father. Have you taken on an idea or something that you see someone else is doing? Be wise, because, it may be what God has told them to do, but it’s not what He told you to do.
Living a fruitful life is not about dos and don’ts; but it is simply about doing ‘Whatsoever He tells you to do’ (John 2:5). Get in line with God’s plan for your life by determining that you’re going to live a fruitful life every day in everything that God instructs you to do. Speak these decrees over your life as you purpose in your heart to be in His perfect will for your life.
Excerpts taken from the book, 31 Decrees of Blessing for Your Life by Patricia King
I DECREE THAT: (say it aloud)
- I am truly blessed with a fruitful life.
- I am like a tree that’s firmly planted by streams of living water with green, healthy leaves producing fruit in due season.
- I am not anxious when there is lack all around me and when times seem difficult, because I am a fruitful vine, always producing and bearing good fruit.
- I flourish like the palm tree.
- I continue to grow strong and upright in my life and faith.
- I will still yield fruit in old age, and I will be full of abundance, energy, and vitality because the fruit of righteous is a tree of life.
- I abide in Christ, and therefore I manifest the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- The fruit I bear in my life is better than gold and the choicest silver.
- The fruit of Christ’s light in me consists of goodness, righteousness, and truth. I am fully satisfied with good by the fruit of my words, and the deeds of my hands return to me.
- I am destined to bear good fruit because of God’s faithful love for me.
Decrees based on the following Scriptures: Genesis 1: 28; John 15: 5; Psalm 1: 3; Jeremiah 17: 8; Psalm 92: 12, 14; Proverbs 11: 30; Psalm 23; Proverbs 8: 19; John 15: 16; Colossians 1: 10; Galatians 5: 22– 23; Ephesians 5: 9; Proverbs 12: 14; 13: 2; 18: 20– 21