Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Rom 7:4, emphasis added)
When we were born again as a result of accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation. (2 Cor 5:17) As a new creation, each one of us has been given a unique combination of gifts and talents to serve the kingdom of God. Each one of us has been uniquely designed to bear fruit!
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (Joh 15:8)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)
Our Father rejoices when we bear fruit! He is the Vinedresser who takes special care to cleanse and prune those who bring fruit, specifically so that they can bring more fruit. The Lord wants us to bear fruit to our full potential. As you know, the Lord doesn’t want any lukewarm followers.
We need to be passionately following Jesus—wanting to change as the Holy Spirit leads us and desiring to bear abundant fruit unto God. How may we bear fruit to God?
Here are some ideas:
- One type of fruit is a changed character [in us] due to the operation of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-25)
- Walk in what God has already prepared for you by doing good works (Eph 2:10)
- Be watchful in prayer; love one another; be hospitable without grumbling; and as we have received gifts, we should minister them to one another (1 Pet 4:7-11)
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing….”By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:4-5, 8)
We need to abide in Christ—to be aware of His presence in our lives moment by moment. Not one of us can bear fruit without the Lord, but as we abide in Him, we will bear fruit because the Word of God says so. As we bear fruit, the Lord receives glory and thus, we validate that we are indeed Christ’s disciples. Have a blessed day!