Each one of us has walls we hit where we’ve reached our limit. These walls are the place where our energy, self-control, ability, talent, or knowledge is just not enough to continue. These walls are the places we decide I can’t do this.
They’re the walls that keep us from life in the Promised Land.
Your wall may be patience, saying no to a certain habitual temptation, performing well, finishing a certain task, loving someone who is not even likable, among other things.
So let me ask you: What is your wall where you exclaim “I can’t do this!”?
More than likely you have several walls.
I do too.
Keep these ‘walls’ in mind as you continue reading. Let’s see if we can’t cross over them and enter into the Land after all.
AUTHORITY RENDERS SERVICE
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (Luke 22:24-25, ESV)
In this passage, Jesus is explaining to his disciples what it is to reign or exercise authority (aka be ‘great’) in his Kingdom. He uses the non-Jewish (Gentile) nations to explain this. Jesus said that kings over these nations are called “workers of good” (benefactors) by their own people. In other words, these rulers serve the people they govern.
You’ve probably heard the buzz-phrase “servant leadership” if you’ve been in entrepreneurial circles of any kind. The truth is that authority, in God’s kingdom, involves meeting the needs of others.
And friends, this is exactly the kind of King God is.
SERVICE RENDERS FRUIT
God uses agriculture to explain this concept further. If a land-owner wants to profit from his land, he needs to serve the land in order to bring fruit from it. He is the land-owner. He has authority over it. But it won’t bear fruit unless he uses that authority to cultivate and keep it, setting it up for a great harvest.
By bringing his land to produce a great harvest, it can be said that the land-owner has ruled it well.
He has been a benefactor of the land. A good-worker of the land.
Scripturally speaking, God is the land-owner. And we are his land.
…you are God’s field… (1 Cor. 3:9)
He exercises authority over us by serving us. By meeting every need we have for optimal fruit bearing.
“I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer… (John 15:1, MSG)
Friends, when we are called to bear fruit of any kind, it is our Farmer who cultivates us to do so.
SAVED FROM FRUITLESSNESS
In Eden, when Adam and Eve were trafficked into slavery, they lost all ability to produce fruit for God. They (their flesh) actually became the land of the ‘farmer’ of darkness, who cultivated them to bear thorns and thistles instead.
Cursed is the ground because of you… Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you… (Gen. 3:17-18)
This is the reason we ever think, I can’t do this!
But this is the very thing Jesus came to save us from.
For by grace you have been saved… For we are… created in Christ Jesus for good works… (Eph. 2:8-10)
Friends, when you and I in exasperation exclaim, “I can’t do this!” (like I did just this morning!), may we remember Jesus. His death and resurrection saves us from being a fruitless field of the enemy (Rom. 6:3-4).
When we hit our wall of capacity, let’s remember we no longer need function as enemy-owned and operated land (flesh), producing thorns and thistles.
The Spirit in us links us to Jesus, the fertile, cultivated, watered, protected Land of God.
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to… be joined to [Jesus]… in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Rom. 7:4)
Let us believe we are connected to the Land. Let us cross over and function from it. That is, let us walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh (Romans 8:4-7).
Then, let us trust our amazing Farmer to bring us to great fruitfulness.
That is, let’s believe he really can do this!
Because our Farmer is a good King who ‘works good’ for our Land!
And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (Matt. 13:23)
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