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Dear BAM Mentor,
Should I shut my business down if I’m not seeing spiritual fruit?
~ In Two Minds
Dear In Two Minds,
I think this is far too simplistic a question. The most obvious oversimplification is “not seeing spiritual fruit”. This begs at least two continuation questions:
What is meant by ‘spiritual fruit’?
Who has the right to demand to ‘see’ fruit and on what timescale?
In response to the first question, the book Fruitfulness on the Frontline by Mark Greene recognises six distinct forms of spiritual fruit, namely:
- Modelling godly character
- Making good work
- Ministering grace and love
- Moulding Culture
- Mouthpiece for truth and justice
- Messenger of the gospel
In contrast to these six, many people would define spiritual fruit as the number of people who have committed their lives to Christ as Saviour. This is fine as far as it goes, but we have to remember that Christ’s disciples are responsible for preaching the gospel and for making disciples. The miraculous transformation between those two is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit and we must never attempt to usurp that responsibility. Read more