Monday, May 15, 2017

My Father Glorified

By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:8

How do we know if we are disciple of Christ? A disciple is a follower who is a learner. The Lord Jesus spoke much of this in Matthew, Mark and Luke, often connecting following Him with denying one self. But throughout the Gospel of John we learn that a true disciple of Christ learns to continue in His word (Jn. 8:31), and they demonstrate His love (Jn. 13:34-35). In our verse today we see another indication of following Christ! A true disciple has a genuine concern for the glory of the Father! This is why we are to bear fruit! The fruit is for the Vinedresser, not for the branch!

We glorify the Father by yielding ourselves to Him, allowing Him to lift us up and to prune us. The Father is glorified when we abide in His Son, walking close to Him, and daily becoming more like Him. This is the fruit the Father is looking for in our lives! Peter writes, “If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God maybe glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). Paul said, “whether we eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). The power to live for the Lord comes from Him and is for His glory not ours!

We cannot add to His glory! But as we abide in Christ, in fellowship and dependence on Him, we will display His life in us and through us, this we will bear fruit which will glory the Father! This type of fruit bearing is not about “what can I do for God”, but it is about living out His life through mine. To glorify the Father is to express the riches of the divine life as we abide in the vine. This is a life that is reliant on the Vine in which the Vinedresser is refreshed by its fruit! This is the life by which the Father is glorified!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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