|By faith Sarah …bore a child when she was past the age. –Hebrew 11:11
So my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. –Romans 7:4
I am sure we have all heard the story of Sarah and Abraham at some point in our lives. In a nutshell, Sarah had been barren for many years before God came in and made a promise to Abraham, her husband, that he would have offspring as numerous as the sand on the seashore (Gen. 12). Even after this promise, Sarah still remained barren for many years. She got so discouraged that she talked Abraham into making a baby with her maidservant, Hagar. After this, God still reaffirmed his promise with Abraham, and they just had to learn to wait by faith for God to fulfill his promise.
Believers in Christ face a similar test of faith. As Christians, we are considered to be faithful as well as fruitful brides. Paul in Romans 7:4 uses the analogy of marriage to describe what our relationship with Christ should look like; a marriage that ought to bear fruit. Have you bore any spiritual children, or are you still spiritually barren?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit –fruit that will last” -John 15:16 Just like Sarah, we have been called to have offspring as numerous as the sand on the sea shore. We may find ourselves at a point of spiritual barrenness, but do we have faith that you will soon bear much fruit? Or have we resorted to stepping out of God’s will?
There are too many spiritually barren Christians out there; there are too many barren churches. There is a big problem with this. If you can feel what Sarah and Rebekah must have felt as barren mothers, think about how God must feel when we are spiritually barren. You were born to bear others, you were saved to save others, you were called to call others, you were won to win others, you were found to find others…get the picture?
After Sarah and Abraham got the promise that they would bear children, they had to continue to ‘work’ towards having a child. The same way, we ought to be actively seeking and working towards having a child. As we continue to do this, we can trust God for the results. “We sow the seed, but God gives the harvest.” –Author Unknown
Stay blessed and spread the word.