“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” – John 15:8
Christ is not only our connection to restoring our relationship with God; He is also our connection to producing "much fruit" for God. That makes Him a very necessary part of our life.
There are many who claim to be a Christian, but have no connection to Christ, and if there is no connection to Christ, how can you have a relationship with Him? Those who claim to have a close relationship with Christ could not bear the thought of being without Him, like the relationship between two people who are in love with each other. The thought of being away from each other for even a moment, becomes a distraction in everything they set out to do, or try to accomplish. A close relationship with Christ does not distract us from our work, but rather encourages us to be fruitful in our work for the glory of God.
Bearing much fruit for the Father in heaven is not produced by profession from the mouth, but by living a holy life that is fruitful in good works, faithful, humble, devoted and always abounding in the work of the Lord. And in doing this, Jesus says, those who bear much fruit are they who are His disciples; they show the character of a true disciple of Christ.
The apostles went forth preaching the gospel everywhere, aiming to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth. What is your aim in this life? To sit around with the belief that you should do nothing?
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – James 2:20
Or to get up out of your comfort zone and use what the Lord has given you for the work of the ministry, to bring forth much fruit, spread the knowledge of truth and the good news, and make a difference?
The scripture says, “herein (your bearing much fruit), is my Father glorified (honored), that you bear much fruit (be fruitful); so shall you be my disciples (by doing, producing).
It is to be clearly understood, that by doing good works and living a holy life, we honor God; not by what we say or professed. For evidence of what you profess to be so, should be clearly seen through your life as a testimony to others.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” – John 13:3
“For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth” – III John 1:3
Use all of your strength to do good as much as you can, with the gifts you have been given for the work of the Lord, and with the time you have in this world. Devote all that you have to God in an honest effort to glorify his name, and to benefit a dying world; for he has chosen you to go and do! So go and do!
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” – John 15:16a
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20
We (every professing believer in Christ) have been commissioned to go and do, not sit around and do nothing. Our obedience to this command will determine who we really are – “so shall you be my disciples.” So, are you?
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.