barrenThe word ‘barren‘ brings to mind childlessness or an inability to conceive or produce.  Every creature God has created has the ability to produce after its own kind.  A barren woman was looked down on in ancient biblical times.  The church, which is called the Body of Christ or the Bride of Christ is no different.  Jesus completed his ministry over two thousand years ago,  died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, but he left his church to continue the work that he started.  Jesus’ parting command to his disciples was “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,…”Matthew 28:19, NIV).  When Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go and make disciples,”  he was commanding them to produce after their own kind. Therefore, Jesus never intended for his church to be barren or unfruitful.  Fruitlessness is unnatural for the Body of Christ and should never be accepted as the norm or the way things are supposed to be.  A barren church is a church refuses to obey the commands of the lord Jesus Christ.  Such a church does not teach the the Word of God wholeheartedly and does not rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Such a church cannot win lost souls to Jesus because the lives of individuals are also barren and do not display the fruit of the Spirit(Galatians 5:22-23).

The body of Christ is supposed to be fruitful, not fruitless or barren.  A fruitful church accomplishes two things: God the father is glorified and the church is identified as the disciples of Jesus, “Herein is my father glorified, that ye bare much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples,” (Matthew 15:9, KJV).  The church bares much fruit by abiding in the vine, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus says,”I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:..”(John 15:5, KJV).  Abiding in Jesus means doing  His will wholeheartedly by obeying his commands. Jesus abides in you when you make Jesus lord and master of your life.  You life becomes fruitful with your obedience to the Word of God.  Conversely, your life becomes fruitless or barren with you disobey God’s commands.   However, there are serious consequences to being  barren.

A barren church is in danger of having the Holy Spirit depart.  When this happens, the church no longer has the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  A barren church is also in danger of dying.  The barren church may look  good on the outside and still be dead.  The barren church may even have a nice choir and nice  programs in place that appear to be working, and still still be dead.  The church of  Sardis in the book of Revelations, was a church that appeared to be alive, but was actually dead; “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelations 3:1,KJV). The reason why the church died is summed up in the next verse,” …I have not found thy works perfect before God” (Revelations 3: 2,KJV). The word ‘perfect’ in the previous verse means ‘to make replete’. The church in Sardis died because they were not doing everything that Jesus commanded them to do.  The church was disobedient and disobedience brings fruitlessness.  Fruitlessness in a church results in a barren church.  A disobedient church becomes a barren church and a barren church will eventually die.

An individual’s life can also be barren.  Saul, the first king of Israel, was a king who refused to obey God fully.  He was constantly a t war with the prophet Samuel  because of his disobedience to God.  Saul’s life did not display any fruit because his disobedience had caused his life to be barren.  His last act of desperation was consulting a witch for spiritual advice.  This was a direct contradiction of God’s commands and the epitome of Saul’s barren life.  As a consequence, he lost his kingdom and eventually lost his life (1 Samuel 31:4).  God expects His children to live lives demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit not barren ones.