Last week we saw how a Christian woman is positionally a Proverbs 31 woman because of the work that Jesus did on the cross. When Jesus redeems a woman, the Holy Spirit instantly dwells inside her to help transform her and conform her to the image of Jesus. She is adopted into God’s family, God is her Heavenly Father and he no longer sees her as sinner. He no longer sees her as defined by her past or her mistakes. Because of Jesus, The Father sees His new child as holy and righteous.
However, you are not free from responsibility. Your position as a Proverbs 31 woman does not change, but you determine how much fruit you want to produce. Another way of saying this is that you are responsible for your growth.
2 Corinthians 5:14 says, For the love of Christ controls us.
Because the Holy Spirit dwells inside a Christian woman, the motivation for living a godly life, and growing to be more like Jesus is the love of Jesus.
Your position is secure. It does not change. However, you have to decide whether or not you want to grow. The key words in each of these verses are action words. They are not a one stop instance. They are not in the past or the future tense. They are in a constant state of being. Each action word is written as always now. Every day. Every second. Every minute.
The Bible compares your spiritual growth to bearing fruit.
Let’s use a vine as example.
The stem is grounded in soil that is a constant source of vitamins and nutrients. As the stem grows it feeds the vitamins and nutrients to the branches. Depending on the vine, some branches bear flowers (kudzu) bear fruit (grapes) or just want to takeover the world (kudzu).
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. As long as you (the branch) are connected to the vine (Jesus), the vine is feeding the branches life. A bad branch does not produce fruit. It is cut, it is pruned to try and give it a second chance of producing fruit. After a period of time, if the branch does not produce fruit, it is taken from the vine and destroyed.
A good branch soaks up the vitamins and nutrients. It feeds constantly to grow and produce fruit. The good branch does not stop feeding. The good branch does not stop growing. A good branch connected to a good vine is constantly growing.
What kind of fruit does the Proverbs 31 woman produce?
- Love – v. 11, 12, 15, 28
- Joy – v. 21, 25
- Peace – she has a calming spirit, she is not easily angered or frustrated
- Patience – v. 16, 26
- Kindness – v. 20
- Faithfulness – v. 30
- Gentleness – She has children and she deals with people who have less than she does.
- Self-control – She is disciplined
If you are alive in Jesus, you have died to sin. Romans 6:11
If you expect to grow and bear fruit. You have to kill what keeps the branches from growing and bearing fruit.
If you belong to Jesus, you have crucified the flesh (your sinful nature, your old self).
If you are not actively seeking to put sin and your old self to death, you have to ask if you really have a relationship with Jesus and not just know things about Jesus.
Glorify God, your Heavenly Father. Grow and seek to become more like Jesus.
Go and produce much fruit.