I wasn't sure if I should call this post "A Scarlet Rope"or "My Jesus Friends Fruit" because I want to talk about the scarlet rope that ties blood-bought children of God together for fruitfulness.
I LOVE God's girls! I do!!! My favorite "sport" is women's conferences, yes, they rev me up like a Cheesehead at a Packer game!!! I want to connect with as many women as possible. So, I keep my eyes open and my ears tuned to the Lord (and sometimes things just happen by
One of my new friends gave me the idea of the Scarlet Rope when,after asking me to encourage a friend of hers who was experiencing some of what I had experienced with depression, she said, "Through the blood of Jesus, even strangers are friends."
I love that! And it made me think of Rahab's scarlet rope that she extended from her window to be saved from the impending destruction of Jerico. Her rope tied her to God's people! That same rope is what ties us Jesus-friends together and knits our lives into a beautiful tapestry! (Maybe it is a tapestry of a fruit bowl!)
I have been pleading with the Lord to make my life fruitful. That I would not squander my days, my talents, or my time. He has enabled me to cross paths with many women who I have been able to minister to with the gift of encouragement that He has placed in me for His Body.
But something profound struck me today.
One of the most fruitful (heaven-rewarded) things I can do is to pray. If I pray for my husband and children, then their fruit becomes part mine. If I pray for my friends who have speaking ministries, then their fruit is part mine. If I pray for the authors as they write, then the fruit God bears through their writing I have a share of. When I pray for my Pastor, my friend's families, the ministries of the church, the missionaries around the world, those who are sick but holding out for a victory.... Think about it!
Without the covering of prayer, we are weak at best. With a prayer covering we have power, protection, passion, and victory. If we participate in other's ministries, we participate in one another's fruitfulness!
Suddenly, my boarders have expanded! The Scarlet Rope is extended further and further into the world. It binds us together in His love. Don't you love that?
I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God. Exodus 34:24