Bearing Fruit for God—Romans 7:4
"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)
The law of marriage applies to a person as long as both people are alive. But when one spouse dies the law is no longer in effect because the law of marriage is only binding in life. That is why it was necessary for us to die to sin with Christ Jesus, so we could be freed from the union with our old nature. In today's passage Paul tells us that the reason we died to our old nature was not only to belong to another but also to bear fruit for Him.
Bearing fruit is a byproduct of marriage. Even as children we sings songs to that effect... 'first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage'. Interesting thing about marriage is that intimacy between a husband and a wife will produce children from that union. The same is true for our marriage to Christ. Paul uses this example of marriage to illustrate the type of union we are to have with Christ. That union will produce fruit from intimacy with Him.
The church is the bride of Christ. You are the church, so as a born again believer you are the bride of Christ. He has chosen you as a wife to bear fruit for his kingdom. The seed is from him, you are the one to bear it and bring it forth. There is no greater honor than to birth what God has sown into your heart and watch it come forth. This might look like a ministry or simply of change of heart. But you were called according into a purpose when you were called into Christ Jesus. He freed you from the bondage that held you in order that you could fulfill the destiny in which he created you for. Today, may you seek the Lord's will for your life and start bearing fruit for His kingdom.
Original article published October 31, 2009.