KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:28. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Unfruitfulness is one of the painful things in this life. The pain of it is that on many occasions it is self inflicting. In the parable of the talents, the man who was unfruitful received some of the results of unfruitfulness. They are as follows (I wish to clarify that childless couples are not to be included in this group, since on many occasions it is no fault of theirs).
1.The Lord asked that the man who was given one talent, to give his one unused talent to the man who traded with his and had five more. It is said that, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. This is one of the effects of unfruitfulness. The rich always have a higher competitive value than the poor. For an example, more purchases normally go with higher discount than lesser purchases. You can change this order by committing yourself to discipline, diligence and faith in God. Remember it is not him that wills nor runneth, but it is God who shows mercy. Romans 9:16. Faith always attracts the mercy of God.
2. Unfruitfulness takes one’s dignity from him. The man did not only lose his single talent, he also lost his very dignity or social status. His dignity was given to another, who was more fruitful. Your unfruitfulness may cause you to borrow from the rich. Proverbs 22:7. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Dear one, you must hate unfruitfulness in every form of it. Fight any act that leads to it.
3. The Bible says God purges the fruitful branch, yet he casts away the unfruitful into fire. John 15:2. Fire always stands for judgement. Judgment comes in various forms. This may be God’s ultimate judgement or judgement in the hands of men, who would use you for any thing insignificant. It can even stand for satanic forces who would torment and make your life like hell. You would be walking in fire whiles you live in the flesh.
4. The Lord called him an unprofitable servant, and that he must be cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is the most serious part. Those who fail to be fruitful and have become busy bodies with no results to the glory of God, are seriously in danger of hell fire. The Lord’s verdict for such people is that, they are wicked and slothful. According to the word of God the wicked is the man who gives no regard to the word of God. He hears the word, but treats it like something of no value. Such a person is just like an infidel. Dear one, how do you value the word of God?
God expects fruit from everyone. God has made great investment in every child of His. Get down to work. Win souls, help them to grow in their faith and you would be ready for the master when he comes.
I am blessed with every ability to be fruitful. I commit myself to serving and working for the master who enable me to bear fruit to His glory. Thank you, Lord, for your grace.
John 15:2. 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.
Hebrews 6:8. “But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”