Does your work bear fruit?
Does your work bear fruit?
Why did Jesus overturn the tables of those buying and selling? Could it be because there was no fruit being produced in the marketplace? There was only dishonest trading and self-gratification. The Body of Christ was not being honored in their trading activities of buying and selling of services. Is your work (trading of service for a paycheck) bringing honor to God? Is it a house of prayer or a den of thieves?
The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers (thieves).'”
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. Mark 11:12-18
How is your work? Your work is the house or temple for the Lord to perform HIS redemptive plan for all mankind. Work is redemptive. Is your work a house of prayer for all nations to see the Glory of God or is it a den of thieves and robbers?
Are you so busy in working that you bear no fruit?
Your work is your ministry. Your ministry is your work. As a mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, office worker, teacher, lawyer, doctor, janitor, and salesman everything you do is ministry and either bears fruit or does not bear fruit.
Is your work bearing fruit?
When Christ came into the temple He saw people working but saw no fruit. There was in the temple, then as now, ungodliness and abuse in the marketplace, in the courts, in government, in the church, in our homes and in our lives. Jesus came to turn the ungodliness and abuse upside down.
Jesus came to set you free from all unrighteousness. Jesus is not against the commerce of buying and selling. He is against ungodliness and dishonesty. He wants to see the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness and self-control.
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