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DECEMBER 29 HOW TO BEAR FRUIT THAT LAST

“What Did God Create You to Be and to Do?” Ps 139: 13-16, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

John 15:16 NIV Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last”.

God’s mission is for everyone—including people like you and me. We don’t have enough missionaries in the world to fulfill God’s mission by themselves.

Jesus said of us, “that we might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last”.

  • Fruit is a metaphor for a successful, productive life. Jesus wants us to bear fruit that will last.

Most of what we do won’t last. No one will remember most of what you did 10 years after you die. People won’t care what movies you saw, what books you read, or how you spent your summers…But Jesus wants you to do something that will last.

Question for each Christian is, “What is the Key to Bearing Fruit that will Last?”

In the natural world, fruit is the result of a healthy plant producing what it was designed to produce (Gen 1:11–12). In the Bible, the word fruit is often used to describe a person’s outward actions that result from the condition of the heart.

Good fruit is that which is produced by the Holy Spirit. 

  • Galatians 5:22 gives us a starting place: the fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  • The more we allow the Holy Spirit free rein in our lives, the more this fruit is evident (Galatians 5:1625).
  • Jesus told His followers, “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Righteous fruit has eternal benefit.

Jesus told us clearly what We Must Do To Bear Good Fruit.  John 15:4–5 Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing”.

A branch must stay firmly attached to the trunk to stay alive. As disciples of Christ, we must stay firmly connected to Him to remain spiritually productive.

  • A branch draws strength, nourishment, protection, and energy from the vine.
  • Christ is the Head and we are the body…Disconnected We Die Spiritually
  • If it is broken off, it quickly dies and becomes Unfruitful.

When we neglect our spiritual life, ignore the Word of God, skimp on prayer, and withhold areas of our lives from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit, we are like a branch broken off the vine. Our Lives Become Fruitless.

We need daily surrender, daily communication, and daily (Sometimes Hourly) repentance and connection with the Holy Spirit in order to “walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

Staying connected to the True Vine is the only way to “bear fruit” (Ps 92:14), to “run and not grow weary” (Is 40:31), and to not “grow weary in well-doing” (Gal 6:9).

One Counterfeit to Bearing Good Fruit is Pretense. We can become experts at the routines, the lingo, and “acting Christian,” while experiencing no real power and bearing no eternal fruit.

Our hearts remain self-centered, angry, and joyless even while we go through the motions of serving God. We can easily slip into the role of the Pharisees in judging ourselves by how we think  we appear to others, while neglecting that secret place of the heart where all good fruit germinates.

  • When we love, desire, pursue, and fear the same things that the rest of the world does, we are not abiding in Christ, even though our lives may be filled with church-related activity.
  • And, often, we don’t realize that we are living fruitless lives (1 John 2:15–17).

KEY: A poor widow in a one-room hut can bear as much fruit as a televangelist leading giant crusades if she is surrendered to God in everything and using all He has given her for His glory…As fruit is unique to each tree, our fruit is unique to us.

God knows what He has entrusted to each of us and what He expects You to do with it (Luke 12:48). Our responsibility before God is to be “faithful with little” so that He can trust us with much Matt 25:21

  Imagine that one day when you get to heaven: A person comes up to you and says, “I just want to thank you.” You say, “Thank me? I don’t even know you.” “You’re right, you don’t know me. But you helped in a ministry. You helped in a missionary project effort through your church.  You Gave What You Had and God Used it for Good!  I’m in heaven because of you. I’m your Friend Forever.”   Nothing you do is more important than helping people determine the destiny of their lives because it’s Fruit that will Outlast Your Life   William James is said, “The greatest use of your life is to invest it in that which outlasts it.   When you invest your life in people, who are going to last for “Eternity”, you’re bearing fruit that will last for Eternity!   You might be a teacher, an accountant, mechanic or business person. But your greatest calling is to use the gifts God gave you to make sure more people will go to heaven.

Question:  Do YOU know if anyone will be in heaven because you shared Christ with them?

POINT: Jesus Chose You So that You Might Go and Bear Fruit—Fruit that Will Last Forever!”

Happy New Year

PD