Some Means to Fruitfulness

Thomas Watson, “The Trees of Righteousness Blossoming and Bringing Forth Fruit“)

“This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” John 15:8

I shall here lay down some means to fruitfulness.

If you would be fruitful, remove those things which will hinder fruitfulness, such as cherishing any secret lust in the heart. Sin indulged–is like vermin to thetree, which destroys the fruit. Grace cannot thrive in a sinful heart. Avoid the love of riches. The cares of the world choked the seed, in Matthew 13. The love of sin poisons the fruit; the love of riches chokes it.

Another means to fruitfulness is weeping for sin. Moisture helps growth in trees; holy tears water the trees of God and make them more fruitful. Mary Magdalene, a weeping plant–how fruitful was she in love to Christ! Moist grounds are most fertile; the soul that is moistened and steeped in tears–is most fruitful. Never did David’s graces flourish more, than when he watered his couch with tears.

Another means to fruitfulness is humility. The low grounds are most fruitful. “The valleys are covered with grain.” (Psalm 65:13). The humble heart is the fruitful heart. The largest and sweetest fruits of the Spirit, grow in a humble Christian. 1 Peter 5:5: “God gives grace to the humble.” Paul called himself the least of saints—yet he was the chief of the apostles.

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