We’ve talked in previous weeks about our nations increasing ignorance in regard to agriculture, and made comparisons to spreading the gospel. In many respects, this country which was built on agriculture, in its short 200 year history has virtually become agriculturally illiterate. I’ve been to several churches with older members and younger members alike. When I visit congregations, inevitably there is someone there that would be considered an elderly individual that has a “famous” garden. I’m never approached by someone in their 20’s that says, “Yeah, you’ll have to try some of the tomatoes from the plant I’m growing in this year’s garden.” By and large, new homes that are constructed in America now, don’t even have room for a garden.
But another fascinating development in our technological age, is the corporate farmers that do still exist, and produce products that are celebrated in our “the less work, the better” society; for example seedless watermelons and seedless grapes. This is another agricultural “development” that might correlate to the attitude of many individuals today in regard to Christianity. It is a fact that a seedless fruit cannot yield more of its kind. Rather, the vine or branch from which the fruit was bore is grafted in order to produce a clone plant. Grafting has existed for centuries. In fact, there are plants that are produced today that are clones from their ancestors that date back to the early Roman Empire. The plant is simply grafted generation after generation, producing a replica. The point though, is that a fruit that has no seed cannot reproduce.
The seedless gospel is producing seedless disciples; today, just as it always has. The seedless gospel is not really the gospel at all; but rather, it is a mockery of the true fruit of God’s word.(Gal. 1:6-9) People love seedless watermelons and grapes. We love being able to eat, enjoy the taste, and not have to worry about the work of picking out the seeds. People love the seedless gospel for the same reason. The seedless gospel appeals to our senses. It deceives us with its sweet taste to our taste buds of laziness in regards to working for the kingdom. It allures us with the lust of ease of receiving the blessings of the kingdom without the works associated with repentance. But the true gospel is very much a gospel of work. Not of works that earns us salvation, but work which stems from our love of God, and leads to us being found pleasing in His eyes because we have done His will.
Colossians 1: 5 &6 speaks of the famous faith of the brethren in Colossae because of that which they had, “previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel, which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;” The scriptures are clear that “the word of truth” constantly bears fruit and increases. That is its nature and purpose, just as the natural fruit God created on this earth is intended to constantly bear more fruit and increase. However, there is a false gospel that is taught, that eliminates the work of God. It is a gospel that says we don’t need to bear fruit for God’s kingdom; we simply need to partake of the fruit of His kingdom. It is a gospel of false hope, deceitful attraction, and a gospel that ultimately leads to death.
While seedless fruit may be the love of our time, in the Kingdom of God it is most assuredly despised. There is no room in God’s kingdom or God’s church for disciples of seedless faith, or disciples that believe in a seedless gospel. And so we must hold firm to that gospel that we have received in God’s holy and divine word. That is the gospel, the word, the seed, that will bear the fruit that God desires for His kingdom.