John 15:8 Do You Bring The Father Glory?

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8

People get a lot of honor and glory when something that they created works and is successful. The thing created can be an item, a concept, or it can be the development of a person.

Every day leaders around the world are training others under them to be a leader some day. As others are raised up to be leaders, the ones that did the training are honored and glorified for their work.

Jesus tells the disciples that the Father will receive a lot of glory if they bear fruit. It is the bearing fruit that shows that they are His disciples.

As Jesus walked and taught on the earth, He did not do it just to have some good teaching done, but to change lives. He was preparing men and women to become leaders and do the same as He did.

Many are in the church and are saved, just to save themselves. They want to hear good sermons to help them be better, but never work at discipling others. In other words they are not bearing much fruit and they are being selfish, holding salvation only to themselves.

The focus and purpose of every believer should be the same as that of Jesus, to reach the lost and make disciples–to bear much fruit.

Every fruit tree that is successful, bears fruit and reproduces itself. Every believer should be doing the same thing.

As the believer reproduces himself, making more disciples of Jesus, God receives the glory and honor for what is occurring. The job that Jesus had started continues in the believer who is bearing fruit. Until He returns there is work to be done and fruit to be produced.

At some point in your life someone worked on making you a disciple of Jesus. Their fruit showed up in your choosing to follow Jesus.

Now just as someone bore fruit in your life, do the same to others. Take what God has shown and taught you, and teach others. Do what Jesus did and said to do. He set the example for you on how to do it and gave you everything you need to bear fruit.

As you begin to do His work and bear fruit, you will bring the Father glory.

Are you bringing the Father glory today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the work God has done in you; that you will bear the fruit God wants you to bear; that you will bring the Father much glory; and that God’s kingdom will be made larger because of your service to God.

Luke 14:33 How Much Are You Willing To Give Up?

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33

One of the freedoms given in America is the ability to seek one’s own wealth. With that freedom, most people are seeking or at least desiring to be wealthy. They are focused on how much they have and can get.

There is never enough. In the process of trying to get all these things and wealth, many will give up a lot of things. Some understand that one must give up something now to get something greater later.

Jesus gave some parables about how some try to build something, but did not consider the cost. He then tells the people that they must be willing to give up everything to be His disciple.

One thing that is claimed a lot is that one just needs to repent and believe in Jesus to be saved. While this is true for salvation, this is not the only requirement to be a follower or disciple of Jesus.

In order to be a true disciple of Jesus, one has to give up everything.

This is not necessarily throwing everything else out, but it is putting Jesus first above everything else. It is trusting Jesus with everything that one has and trusting Jesus for what He will give.

Often someone becomes a believer and continues to hold on to some sin or something that gets between him and God. God is to be on the throne of one’s heart. There is no room for anything else. If there is anything else on that throne, one is not a full, true disciple of Jesus, he is lost.

As one gives up everything for Jesus, God will fill those losses with greater things that will last for eternity.

You must ask yourself how much of a disciple of Jesus you are. Examine your life and see if there is anything in it that you are allowing to get between you and God. Those things, regardless of what they are, must go.

When Jesus is anything less than your everything, He is nothing to you and you will be left with nothing in the end.

Allow Jesus to be on the throne of your heart. Allow Him to be your everything, not just one more thing.

Are you a disciple of Jesus or not?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give up all to be a disciple of Jesus; that you will see God’s hand of provision for all you need in your life; that you will not fear giving up things for God; and that you will follow God with all of your life.

Acts 23:1 Are You Fulfilling Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

When a person hears the term ‘duty’, he often thinks of someone in the military or someone in a service position. Those in those positions are expected to have and fulfill a duty of service towards or for others.

To some degree, every person has a duty to fulfill. Most have a duty to work and pay their bills. Others have a duty to care for family members. All have a duty to take care not to harm others around them.

Paul was being tried by the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel message. The first thing he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God as far as he can tell.

Every believer has the same duties that the world has, plus more. There is one duty that rises above every other duty on this earth–their duty towards God.

From the beginning of creation, God called men and women to a duty of service and relationship. Every person is called to a duty of having and building his relationship with God. In the process of building that relationship and out of love for God, he has a duty to obey every command of God–the service.

These two go hand in hand and cannot be separated. Jesus came to save people for these duties. In the process of obeying God, one will turn from sin, be a witness, and disciple new believers. This is fulfilling all that Jesus came to accomplish upon this earth.

Believers must examine themselves and see if they are actually fulfilling their duty to God. If they are not fulfilling it, they are fulfilling the duty to this world and sin.

As a believer, God has called you also to build your relationship with Him and to obey Him. He has a job for you to do upon this earth. It may be completely different then those around you, or very similar, but it is one that only you can accomplish.

Part of that duty is in building your relationship with Him. The other part is to be His witness and do His work upon this earth while you can. Ask yourself if you have fulfilled your duty to God in all good conscience. If not, it is time to start.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will grow closer to God each day; that you will be His witness; that you will disciple others in Jesus; and that you will fulfill your duty to God.

Matthew 28:20 It Is All About Obedience

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20

Every organization or place that a person goes, there will always be some set of rules or regulations that he must obey and follow. These rules and regulations are set in place to create order and to protect everyone involved in various ways.

If there are no rules or regulations, then there is only chaos and problems. No one would know what is expected of them and would just do their own thing.

As Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He gave some last minute instructions to the disciples. They were to go and make disciples and teach them to obey everything He had commanded.

One of the great teachings that is always taught in churches is that God loves everyone and has grace for all, while ignoring teaching obedience. As soon as one talks about obeying the commands of Jesus, many take offense saying that to talk like that is to be legalistic. While this can be true, it does not have to be that way.

Jesus did say that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. He gave many commands on how live life on this earth. Most were about how to live with other people and the rest were how to serve God. All of His commands fall under loving others and loving God. Doing these two things will bring peace and order to a chaotic world.

As a believer disciples another believer, he must never forget to teach obeying all that Jesus commanded. It is not just about God’s love and grace, but about how a believer must live for and obey God. As believers obey the commands of Jesus, God’s desire will be done on this earth.

Every day you will have opportunities to talk about Jesus with others. Some will be unbelievers who need to hear about who Jesus is. Others will be believers who need to be taught and encouraged in what Jesus said and commanded.

Do not ignore His commands and only focus on His grace, mercy and forgiveness. Be willing to talk about the commands of Jesus. Teach how He gave rules and guidelines on how to really love others and really love God. And as you do this, He will always be with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the commands of Jesus; that you will obey all of God’s commands; that you will teach all of God’s commands; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.