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LEAD2016 – Day 2 Session 1 – Fruit that Follows

Pastor Jeffrey Rachmat, JPCC

The Word of God does not change your situation. The Word of God changes your perspective. When our perspective is changed, the way we look at the situation will be different. If we only hear what we want to hear, we cannot be changed. Truth is sometimes contradictory to the reality we face. The way we see the problem is the problem. We see the problems with man’s eyes. When we have the truth, we are elevated to see the problems as God sees it. We do not deny the problem but we see it from another angle.

Leader is about adding values to the people’s lives and bring them into a better place. Church leaders need to train themselves into seeing the gold in people and not the dirt in people. Many leaders are trained to see what is wrong in the people and not what is right. All gold were once mixed with dirt. As leaders we need to help people get rid of the dirt. This takes time. When the dirt is removed, the person becomes more valuable.

1         The Significance of Bearing Fruit

The goal in life is not to be successful. The goal in life is to be fruitful. When God created Adam, he did not tell him to be successful. He told him to be fruitful. Success can be about ourselves. Fruit is always about others. The fruit is not for the tree to enjoy, it is for the tree to carry and for the others to enjoy.

Many successful people do not like their own lives. Some even kill themselves.

Whether it’s the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of our labour, it is for the enjoyment of others. We may not be able to identify the trees. But when we see the fruit, we can tell what tree it is. God doesn’t want to stop us from being successful. But don’t stop there. It’s not enough to grow. We need to start to bear fruit.

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

If we can talk to a tree that is bearing fruit, the tree will tell us it is heavy to carry all the fruits. But the tree experiences satisfaction when the fruits are enjoyed by others. When a fruit is plucked, it becomes lighter. In due time, it will bear fruit again.

A BPL player is getting paid a high salary even though he is benched. He is not happy when he does not get to play. In most cases, he doesn’t mind getting a lower salary as long as he gets to play every week. It’s no longer about money. It’s about getting to contribute.

Our significance comes when we contribute skills to the help others. Skills are developed strengths. As a leader, we need to help the people to find their strengths and to develop their strengths.

Consider the soccer player. He plays 90 minutes. He is tired. He may get bruises. However, he is looking forward to the next match. He doesn’t skip training.

2         How to Lead People to Fruitfulness

The key to open every door is small. Every key is different even when they look similar. Do not look for the key from others to open our own doors. The key to our door is with us.

planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. (Psalm 92:13-15)

Those planted in the house of the Lord will flourish and bear fruit. Planted, flourish and bear fruit. All happening in the house of the Lord. We need to get people planted in the church, not just attending the church. Planted means not easily removed. It means rooted. When someone is planted in the church, even when he has conflicts with anyone he will stay. This is someone who seeks to build his faith in the house of God instead of looking for a perfect church. This kind of people will flourish. They are not the kind of people who looks for another church whenever they have a conflict.

Everything a seed needs for the future is inside the seed. Inside the little seed is a tree and many fruits. Inside of every fruit there are seeds. Our God is generational. He thinks generationally. Everyone that comes to our church is a seed. There is greatness in everyone. We need to be the kind of church to provide good soil for them and to pull out the greatness in them.

In the parable of the sower, there is nothing wrong with the seed. The problem is always with the soil where the seed is sowed. The soil is the atmosphere of the church.

2.1        Accept the seed

If we want to plant a seed, we sow it in good soil. The soil needs to accept the seed. Acceptance is a token of love. Jesus accepted us the way we were, in our sinful nature. It is hard to clean the first before we put it in our boat. It is easier to get them into the boat before we clean them. The boat will stink.

2.2        Allow the seed to open up

The seed needs to be broken open so the potential inside the seed can grow. For the seed to be open, they need an environment that they feel secured. When one is to be exposed and to be naked, we do not do it anywhere. We look for a private place that we feel comfortable with. We need to be the kind of leader they can trust. If they do not trust us, they will not open themselves to us. Integrity of a leader is very important. Integrity is the currency of a leader.

2.3        Build the atmosphere

How do we build atmosphere in the church? Never underestimation the power of atmosphere. In 2010, when JPCC is a 10-year old, Pastor Jeffrey wanted to have succession planning in place in 2014. They did. In 2014, they started a Young Invasion once a month where young people take the stage. This works well. It allows the young generation to learn. It allows the older generation to embrace them. If we cannot find the next generation, perhaps we are growing and not bearing fruit.

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9)

 

This three is growing but is not bearing fruit. Unfortunately, many Christians are living their lives like this – mere existing. The advice given for this kind of trees is to dig around them and fertilize it. As Christians, who are the people surrounding us? The people surrounding us is important.

Pastor Jeffrey realized the leadership of the church is advancing in age. They brought young blood. The average age of full time staff in the church is 35. They came out with many new ideas. They are loud but they are hardworking.

It may be time for us to fertilise again. If we cannot hire young people quickly, begin by getting their advice. Ask them if they are leaders, what would they do. What needs to be changed. How can we make things fresh again. After asking the questions, be quiet and listen Good leaders can read the situation very well. If we like their ideas or suggestions, let them do it. They will be committed since it is their own ideas. They will work very hard to get it done. We just guide them and guard them.

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