God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day, God rested from all his work which he had created so that it itself could produce. Genesis 2:3 CJB
Just like in the beginning when YHVH rested after He created all things, so too after working on us He rests, takes a step back and allow us the opportunity to put to work and to produce something from what He has put into us. The LORD transforms us, works on and in us, makes deposits in us and then leaves us to put to work and produce FRUIT from the investment made.
This process is similar to the process of passive income.
Passive income is “income resulting from cash flow received on a regular basis, requiring minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it.”
Passive income, for example, rental property, does not require constant direct involvement or active response from the owner in order to produce, grow or supply. Once the investment is made and proper, complete groundwork is done, there should only be a collecting of the fruits of labor. Although, of course, maintenance is required from time to time.
It is the same with us.
Whenever the LORD produces a work in us, He takes a step back and allows us the opportunity to apply and produce fruit reflecting the work done. This reflects a state of maturity for only mature things produce fruit.
Unfortunately, if we do not fulfill the required expectation of fruit production, we put ourselves at risk of separation — just like the fig tree in the following parable:
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. He said to the vine dresser, ‘Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?’ He answered, ‘Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it. If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.’ Luke 13:6-9 WEB
The work that the LORD does in us is intended to bring us into the place of maturity. Once this is accomplished, there is an expectation that we will manifest the product of the labor. Doing otherwise puts us at risk of being cut off because we are wasting valuable time, resource and investment.
Examine your life today, and answer this question honestly –
What are you doing with your deposit?
Let us realign our lives and live our lives in such a way where we optimize on the work done in us by manifesting the fruit of the labor of the love of God.