My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My disciples
John 15:16 (AMP)
16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.
Isn’t that true? Without the sound and undeserved grace of God, we would have never sought Him? How sweet a truth! These past few weeks I have been camping on peace, safety, grace and all other such things that reflect some of who Christ is.
Then I think to myself, what about people I love who build a foundation on things other than Christ? Where are they to post their tent to weather the storm? The Christian Church knows that during the pandemic, God is still in control, but do others?
Christ chose us, before we had a say, and with all divine might, planted us.
What does a plant do? Grows roots and grafts itself to the soil in which it was planted, and does not ask for rain, but trusts that it’s master will supply all that is needed, hence, Jesus says ..”so that… you would bear fruit and keep on bearing….and that your fruit will remain and be lasting…”
How does a plant bear fruit? A branch. Christ says “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” That gives to us the lesson of entire consecration. The branch has one reason for which it exists, one purpose for which it is given up; to bear the fruit the vine wishes to bring forth.
If we are planted in Christ, abiding in Him, responding to His charge, the result will be bearing fruit.
8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.
An apple tree is known to produce apples, a grapevine is known to produce grapes, a Christian ought to be known to produce spiritual gifts, that point to the Father. As the weeks have gone by and I look to the future, I pray and petition that Christ would so plant in the Church, the desire to seek Him earnestly. To bear much fruit that when people see the Church, when they recognize the fruits, it would all point to Christ, a foundation, and they see Him as a source of Living Water, Living Food.
CTK, the world is hungry, looking for life in every corner they can find it, only to be dissatisfied when the foundation crumbles. Let’s go feed them.