Be fruitful. Just two words.
This is a state, yes, a state of being. It is not yet action but a readiness to act. It is a purposing to act. The result will become easy to identify. Because the focus of energy will be seen clearly as time moves forward. It does not say act fruitful or create fruit. Nor does it say making fruit is your duty. No. None of these will fit. The state of being brings the designed result.
Why did Christ curse the fig tree? He looked for fruit and found none. To look like a fruit tree without producing any fruit: this drew a curse from the one who came to bless not to curse. To look, from a distance, like a tree that was or would be fruitful, yet have no fruit or promise of fruit, is wrong. The tree was not in a state to produce fruit.
So, we return to the first part. Be. A seed was planted. A certain kind of seed which came from another fruitful tree. Like will produce like. What type of seed? What characteristics? The type of seed is the gospel: God’s words that can take root in an individual and produce fruit.
Now some fruit is eaten and some seed-filled fruit is the beginning of the next tree, a tree similar to the original. But, wait! He has used this example in another place. He says, you do not have to be the tree, just a branch. You don’t have to do the work of drawing water up from roots. Only pass it on. The work is done. You don’t produce the nourishing liquid. You don’t produce the roots. You don’t hold up the structure. None of this.
You become a branch that has one purpose: to produce fruit. The tree holds you up and nourishes you. You are given everything needed. It has all been placed at hand for you. Just take hold of the tree and live. By living and being what you are, in Christ, you will produce fruit. You will be a source of blessing to people. You will manifest the nature of God.
If not, be restored and become the ready one.
And be fruitful.