In the biblical Book of Numbers, “the LORD said to Moses, ‘Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving the Israelites.’” (Numbers 13:1) So Moses appointed 12 men, leaders from each tribe, to spy out the Promised Land.
Moses gave these spies a set of specific tasks: “See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (Numbers 13:18-20)
The Bible tells us that “When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.” (Numbers 13:23) Wow! I can’t imagine a single cluster of grapes so big, it would take two men to carry it.
Eshcol Valley Ministries is all about being fruitful. Our Messiah Jesus said,“You did not choose me, but I chose and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” (John 15:16) If you’re a believer, and follower of Jesus, then your life has a genuine purpose – Jesus chose you to be fruitful. Jesus tells us,“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8) Our lives glorify God when we’re fruitful.
You’ll notice that Moses said “Do your best,” or, “Make an effort” to bring back some of the fruit of the land. Now we know that salvation is a free gift (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9), just as the Promised Land was a gift from God, whether or not the Israelites chose to partake of the fruit of it. But the fruitfulness of our lives is a direct result of the choices we make, and how we live. Jesus put it this way: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5) A life connected to Jesus and His words (John 15:7) will be fruitful.
The goal of Eshcol Valley Ministries is to teach biblical principles to believers so that they can live more fruitful lives. It’s based on the purpose that Jesus came to fulfill: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) May God richly bless you as you seek to live a more purposeful, fruitful life for Him.