On our property there are plumb trees that were planted 30 years ago. They are lovely trees that put on beautiful white blossoms in the spring but never bare fruit. With talking to the man that planted them he tells me that they have never born fruit, though they all came from a very fruitful tree.
So I asked someone more knowledgeable then me what the problem might be. To which they replied, “they are all from the same family. You need a different variety to cross pollinate them.” So I set out to find good fruit, the best variety of plumb trees I could find and plant them together for a time.
Sure enough, as soon as I did the older more established trees began to come alive and bare fruit.
So is it with the Spirit. Jesus told us to go into all the world, preach the gospel, and bare much fruit. Why did He not let them stay in Jerusalem? Because He desired for the good fruit of His Holy Spirit to be spread abroad. So is the nature of our great commission. Movement and fruitfulness. Cross pollination.
I can say for me personally that I came from a very fruitful tree. My parents and grandparents were both ministers of the gospel. Our church was good ground, preaching truth in love, holiness, and very humble family oriented. Yet it wasn’t until God sent me out into other places and congregations on missions that I really began to bare a lot of fruit for the Kingdom. I took what was good and lacking and brought it back and we all benefited from it.
Now granted, I was not impatient in this, leaving before God had clearly sent. Even His disciples who had been with Him personally for over three years were told not to leave Jerusalem until He had said so. There is learning, maturing, equipping, infilling, and commissioning that must be done first. Yet still can the gospel not be corralled into one or two pastures, nor a great variety of fruitful trees be kept in one vineyard less the blessings of it die in it and not be spread to bless others beyond it. The Holy Spirit “must” be allowed to move as it sees fit.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV
The priest job, according to scripture is to teach the young ones coming up under them to discern between the clean and the unclean, the holy and the unholy, the good fruit and the bad. Because yes good fruit will cross pollinate and better your vineyard but so can bad fruit cross pollinate and pollute or ruin it. So that i tell you that it is of the utmost importance that your disciples learn the difference.
“Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
Teach your family, disciples, and congregants to seek God for themselves and not to be dependent on you to lead them indefinitely. It’s not healthy for children to be kept from growing and made perpetually dependent, they are to be nurtured and protected while they are taught how to be productive and effective members of the family and community of believers at large. You are preparing them for the day that they walk away and step out on their own. Don’t keep them crawling when your role is to teach them to start walking.
Show them godly character, teach them the word, let them experience all the fruits of God’s Spirit and warn them of the Consequences of partaking of the fleshly ones. Then release them to go find good fruit and watch them bring the sweetness of it back to you in the proper season. Because most trees, no matter how fruitful the parent tree may be, can bare good fruit abundantly, without being cross pollinated. It brings growth, it bring strength, it brings health, and it bring variety to the vineyard. So trust the husbandman to do His work and let the Spirit move and remove and do what He needs too. He knows what He is doing. You simply teach them to see the difference between the good and the bad fruit and you’ll do great things for the Kingdom.
“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:19-20