11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1:11, KJV).
This is the process that God put in the earth for reproduction. A plant grows--produces fruit--and in the fruit is the seed to reproduce itself. This is the same process by which the kingdom of God grows in the earth--
26* And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27* And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28* For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29* But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:26-29)
Eternal life is a fruit--
Romans 6:22* But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
The Holy Spirit--when planted inside of us--produces fruit--
22* But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23* Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
And the Holy Spirit has manifestation--
7* But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8* For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9* To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11* But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
The manifestation is also fruit--it is the outward produce of the inward planting of the Holy Spirit inside of a Christian.
The process is clear--with regard to the inplanting of the word of God which leads to salvation, and with the inplanting of the Holy Spirit. Both produce fruit---BUT INSIDE THIS FRUIT IS SEED WHICH IS MEANT TO BE PLANTED IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE PROCESS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THE EARTH.
The seats of our churches are full of people who have much fruit. Christians all over the world are receiving from God--are understanding the need to sow the word of God inside themselves--are understanding the gifting of the Holy Spirit--are understanding the importance of walking in the Spirit. And all that fruit has much much seed in it--yet we are very backward in our idea of planting!
But, we have an unspoken rule in our "organized" churches that the church is really one mans produce stand. We have a wrong idea in our churches that only one person is allowed to be the sower. Only one person (or perhaps 2 or 3 at most) is the "correct authority" who is allowed to plant seed.
Many of us have to hide our fruit because of this concept. Many of us sit in church and feel as if we are dieing on the vine--we often find it much easier to sow out in the world--or in our homes--rather than in our organized church! WE have to accept what someone "in authority's" idea is of planting--not what God is leading us to---or in obedience to His word.
A rule was planted in the church, (or our idea of what church is supposed to be) during the time of Roman empire's rule of the church. This idea disallowed every person form being of sower. It disallows and discourages all of us from planting seed in others.
This is ministry----rhe serving out of the seed that we have gathered from the fruit we have grown. Ministry is serving others--with the Godly gifting He has given every one of us. The seed of the word of God is inside of us produces fruit whose seed we need to plant in others. The indwelling of the Holy Ghost produces fruit which we are meant to sow into others. Every one of us is meant to sow from the seed we have received from God. This is what ministry is--the serving--the sowing of the seed we have---the sharing of what God has done--the sharing of the Gospel--the sharing--the sowing of the Holy Spirit--the prophecy--words of wisdom--words of knowledge--healing--miracles--the heavenly prayer language and interpretation. These are the seed--the produce of the fruit that, in fact, others have sown in us.
But the problem we face is one of unbelief--unbelief in one another. Even Jesus could not perform as many miracles in His own home town--and unfortunately, our churches be come little "home towns" in which we have little or not faith in one another. No faith that we can sow seed into one another--that we are not the "right person" the "delegated authority" who is the "ministry".
Let's remember the parable of the sower--(as told in the Gospels)--There were 4 places in which the seed fell--And 3 out of the 4 were places which did not produce fruit. But the "good soil" which produced fruit was--
20* And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (Mark 4:20)
The good soil are those who "....hear the word, and receive it, ..." To "hear means to understand--to comprehend"--and to "receive" means to accept--acknowledge--to believe. Inside all of us is the good soil, but also we all have hard ground--weeds (thorns) and "the wayside" where the devil can come and steal the word.
When were were saved, some of the seed of the Word fell in our good soil and we believed in Jesus Christ for our salvation. But it is so important to understand--- WE BELIEVED THE BEARER OF THE MESSAGE!--
The same happens when we receive the Holy spirit--we need to believe the word of God and the person who bears the message to us. But the devil has done much work in our organized churches ;by tradition that exists outside the word of God that leads many of us to not believe in one another. To not believe that we all have fruit inside of us, which bears seed--that we should allow to be planted inside of us.
I am sure that God has planted in every church--large or small--every gift--every fruit and seed that is necessary to grow the move of God--to bring His kingdom into the earth. to bless and prosper and heal every Christian within the church and to go forth and lead every unsaved member of a community to salvation. But we need desperately to believe in one another--to believe in the fruit that we all have grown, in the Spirit and the Word--and to allow everyone to sow into us--to minister to us--in the gifting that the Lord has given.