It is Father’s will that we glorify Him. Let’s get busy honoring His will.
John 15:8 – Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
In our Text for Today we find one of those ALL-INCLUSIVE commands stated that every believer should be striving to carry out. When a believer, a Christian, bears fruit, lives a fruitful life, he/she glorifies the Father. It’s that simple. From that statement there can and will be no withdrawal by the eternal God-head. It is forever settled in heaven. God has said it; that settles it!
But we must bring to that command a vision of its fullness. When the Christian wins someone to the Lord, fruit is borne. When a believer leads someone to the infilling of Holy Spirit, fruit is borne. When a believer ministers any of the God-given elements of life and godliness to another person, fruit is borne. Still we need to go deeper. The Scriptures are clear in what Father calls the “fruit of the spirit.” Please consider the following thoughts deeply. While no one can bring forth the “fruit of the spirit” without the life-giving presence of Holy Spirit, in its deepest meaning, the “fruit of the spirit” is NOT the fruit of Holy Spirit, but is rather the fruit of the born-again human spirit. When you become a new creature in Christ, you become an engrafted branch of the trees of righteousness, receiving its life from the Root, or the Vine, Who is Christ. Please consider what I write to you.
No fruit of any fruit-bearing plant that produces fruit above ground grows on the root of the plant, or on the trunk or main vine of the plant. Fruit grows on the branches. That is precisely what Jesus said. He said, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” It is from the production of the “fruit of the spirit” that life flows that will produce the visible fruitfulness of new babes in Christ, Spirit-filled believers, and lives being transformed by the power of God through gifts of Holy Spirit. For this to come forth, one must be engrafted into the body of Christ, connected by the divine surgery of Holy Spirit to the “root of Jesse,” the “true Vine.” IN HIM, FROM HIM, and THROUGH HIM flows the life force necessary for any believer to become and remain fruitful, and abundantly so, in the body of Christ. Have you been engrafted? If so, you have no excuse to NOT be fruitful. Build your faith in this from His Word, and please Father by glorifying Him with your whole being.
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 14:17; Colossians 1:10; Matthew 5:13-16; Psalm 119:89; Malachi 6:3; Hebrews 13:8