Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Fruit

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away...John 15:2

The concept of fruit bearing flows throughout Scripture. In fact the main word used for fruit appears over 100 times in the Old Testament and about 70 times in the New. The idea of fruit bearing appears in 24 of the 27 books in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul speaks of the importance of bearing fruit in every book he wrote. So we see the importance given the Christian bearing fruit!

Many read John 15 as a call to bring others to Christ, but this really isn't the idea of fruit at all here. Bearing fruit for Christ is not only my witnessing for Him but it would include my work, my worship, my entire walk here on earth ought to be for the glory of God!

It is interesting that Titus 3:14 draws a parrallel to bearing fruit and doing good works, "Let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful."

In Galatians 5:22 we read of the fruit of the Spirit, which is the inward character of Christ being form in the life of the believer. We are able to bear fruit outwardly when we allow God to work in our hearts and through our lives!

John 15 speaks of no fruit, fruit, more fruit, much fruit and fruit that remains. As followers of Christ, we have been created for abundance! The key to abundance in the Christian life is abiding (15:5) and the key to abiding is obeying (15:10) and the key to obeying is loving (15:9, 10, 15). These three things, abiding, obeying and loving are peppered throughout these first seventeen verses of John 15. They really are the secret to bearing fruit that is for the glory of God and that will last.

It is important that we see fruit bearing not as something we "do" but as something we "are"! Fruit bearing is not about "doing", it is about "being"! It flows out of enjoying our relationship with the vine and the Vinedresser, with Christ and with the Father.

Tim Hadley Sr.

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