Fruit-bearing in the Believer’s Life

Fruit-bearing in the Believer’s Life

Fruit-bearing in the Believer’s Life

For the next several blogs, we will be considering bearing fruit as a child of God. Being fruitful as a believer is something every child of God should be: it is our divine privilege. Fruit in the believer’s life will manifest itself internally and externally:  Internally, as God works in us, and externally, as God’s works through us to impact others. In John chapter 15, Jesus gives us many truths about fruit bearing. Consider three of them:

First truth, fruit-bearing is ordained by Christ. John 15:16 states “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: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, he may give it you.” Notice three things Jesus states in this verse: 1) we were chosen to bear fruit; 2) we were ordained to bear fruit; and 3) we were chosen and ordained to have fruit that remains. Our fruit-bearing is the will of God and it should be a consistent thing in the believer’s life.

A second truth we see in this passage, fruit-bearing is part of being a disciple. John 15:8 states, “Herein is my father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” That tells us that God is glorified in us bearing fruit and fruit-bearing verifies a disciple. (It proves that one is a disciple)

A third truth is fruit-bearing has a process. Jesus Christ laid out four aspects to this process. 1) we need to abide in Christ; John 15:4-5 states, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” To abide in Christ means we stay in close communion with Christ. 2) God’s word needs to abide in us. Jesus said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” In the context of John 15, fruit-bearing is hinged on the words of Christ abiding in us. His words have to remain in our minds and hearts and be applied to our lives. 3) Powerful praying flows out of abiding; John 15:7, 16, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…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: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, he may give it you.” These two verses tell us that when we walk in close communion with Christ and His words fill us, powerful praying is part of fruit-bearing and enhances our fruit-bearing. Finally, God must purge (prune) us. Jesus said in John 15:2, “…every branch that beareth fruit, he (the Father) purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” God must prune our lives of that which will detract from fruit-bearing so we can be healthy fruit bearers.

As a child of God and a disciple of Christ, we should never settle for being barren fruit trees; or worse, a tree that bears bad fruit. We need to desire to bear abundant, rich fruit for God.

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