“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28

Prayer week is coming to a close. From this point, we go off into the new year and attempt to bear fruit. We try and take this attitude of prayer and make it a daily part of our life. Everything we’ve discussed this week: the seed, soil, source, climate; everything that goes into growth becomes more than ideas. They become functional parts of our 2019 life. These ideas become work. They become labor.

It’s fitting that the final factor of growth is labor. Without labor, there will be no fruit. Without someone to pull the spiritual weeds and prune the dead branches the vine will die. The work of the laborer belongs to the Father in John 15. He is the gardener. That doesn’t leave us without labor. Instead, it means that we are not alone in our struggle. We have a strength unlike any other that flows through us and bears our burdens.

This year as you try to bear fruit in your life. As you plant the seed of truth in the fertile soil of your heart; as you plant yourself by the source that never runs dry and you become an influencer of your climate, remember that you are not alone. You don’t have to labor by your own strength. You have a God who empowers you. Without whom, we would be barren. But by the power of God, the same power that raised Christ from the grave, we persevere, we grow, and we bear fruit.