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How To Cut Through The Fog Of Big Decisions

I sold copiers for a living. No little kid grows up wishing and hoping to knock on doors as a copier salesmen, but that was my first job out of college.

I have a friend who studied history and ended up in marketing and another who studied accounting and ended up in remodeling. One art-loving friend cut his teeth designing yogurt and pizza ads… not exactly his dream job.

We all start somewhere, but that's not where we have to end.

My Mid-Life Crisis

At 25 I had a mid-life crisis. I had been promoted four times in two years and had just paid off my student loans. I was making good money, but I wanted something more than a paycheck.

As I looked up the company org chart, I knew I didn’t want my boss’s job in five years or his boss’s job in ten years, or really any other role in the company. That was not how I wanted my story to end.

I realized that what I wanted was more kingdom impact.

Cut Through The Fog

You’re probably facing your own big decisions. And many times in life the answer is not immediately clear. Should you move to a new city or stay where you’re at? Should you buy a house or continue renting? Should you remain in business or become a pastor?

Alongside your list of pros and cons, I’d like to suggest one very important question that can cut through the fog and get you moving. The question is this:

How can I bear the most fruit for Jesus?

Why Fruit?

Jesus wants you to bear fruit. He says so explicitly, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.” John 15:8

Did you notice the phrase “much” fruit? Not just one dry orange off an old dying tree. No, Jesus wants “much fruit” for your life, like an explosion of color amidst the green leaves.

Fruit is what Jesus wants for your life, ripe, vibrant produce hanging off your branches.

A Fruitful Life

God is looking for people to use. Scripture says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 Think about that. If the God of heaven and earth gave you his strong support, what dreams for him might you pursue? What impossible things might be possible?

God is moving in our generation and we have the incredible invitation to be a part of it. No matter how you make a living, you and I have the opportunity to participate with God in his work in this world. Connected to Jesus, we really can live abundantly fruitful lives.

History is heading toward a grand conclusion. A day is fixed in which we will all stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords to give an account of our lives. And after our faith in Jesus, how we used our lives for God’s kingdom and glory will be what matters most on that day. That’s why now is the time to ask:

How can I bear the most fruit for Jesus?

John Rinehart ,
John Rinehart , Founder & Leader of
and the author of the book Gospel Patrons