“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
One of the things that I have noticed about those in the past who God used to build great works was their ability to be productive. They never settled or embraced an excuse to never bear fruit, but they made it their lifelong focus to be productive no matter the cost. The verse above shows that God is interested in productivity, but it will never be easy to be productive and bear “much fruit.” If you are going to be productive and do great things for God, there are several things you must do to be a productive believer.
First, you will never be productive without dreams. The corn of wheat would have never been willing to die if it hadn’t believed it could become greater. You will never be productive for the LORD or in life without dreams. Everything starts with a dream. Most people never do much for the LORD or in life because they aimlessly move through life without a vision.
Second, you will never be productive if you are not willing to embrace loneliness. The corn of wheat had to abide “alone.” Loneliness will be your best companion when you set out to do great things for God, but you will find the greatest fellowship with God as you attempt great things for Him. It is always a lonely road to productivity. If you’re not willing to do things alone, you will never do great things for God.
Third, you will never be productive if you are not willing to die. It is never comfortable to be productive. In fact, you will have to do without many things on your way to productivity. Many of those whom God used in the past started out with nothing, but they were not concerned with the comforts of the world because they had a bigger vision than the world’s comforts. Hebrews 11 shows that many were willing to do without to be productive for the LORD. If you must live in comfort, you will never experience the joy of productivity.
Fourth, you will never be productive unless you embrace faith. If what you are trying to do doesn’t scare or intimidate you, you are not living the life of faith. Your vision of productivity should be so big that it intimidates you. What makes faith faith is that it is bigger than you and that you need God and a bunch of hard work to make your vision a reality. My friend, faith will seem scary at first, but when you jump out by faith, you will find the LORD will be there to make sure you make it.
Fifth, you will never be productive if you allow excuses. The corn of wheat could use the excuse that it died, but it overcame death to bear “much fruit.” The road to productivity is filled with opportunities, but the road to mediocrity is filled with obstacles. It is how you face the obstacles that determines whether you resign to mediocrity or become productive for the LORD.
Sixth, you will never become productive without hard work. Working in a harvest is never easy; it always takes hard work. The road from the dream to the point where you enjoy the fruit of productivity is filled with a lot of hard work. If you are not willing to work hard to see your dream become reality, you will never enjoy the productivity of your work. Don’t wait for everything to come your way. Step out by faith and work hard and you will see your dreams become a reality.