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.

Romans 11:21 Be A Live Branch

For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Romans 11:21

Those who grow fruit trees keep a close eye upon the tree. They are looking at the branches to determine which branches are producing fruit and which branches are dead and not producing fruit.

Any branch that does not produce fruit is cut of and thrown away. This is done to give the good branches more nutrition to produce even more.

Many businesses do this with their workers. Any worker that does not produce is often let go after a warning to produce correctly.

After describing Israel as the natural branches of a tree that was cut off by God because of unbelief, Paul describes believers in Jesus as branches grafted into the tree. These new believers need to believe and produce fruit, or they will also be cut off.

It is common to hear of people who have become believers and refuse to give up sinful habits. Many churches teach that people can stay as they are, preaching God’s grace and love, but not talking about what He requires of His people, to live holy lives.

Some will state that once a believer, one cannot lose his salvation, that it is for eternity, no matter how he lives.

Belief in Jesus is what saves a person, however, God requires that the person become a new creation, to turn away from sin and produce fruit. The producing of fruit is not to save a person, but to show gratefulness for the salvation God has given him.

If God was willing to cut off Israel from His salvation, because of their unbelief and refusing to live for Him, He will also cut off people today for the same reasons.

Every believer must strive to live for God and turn from sin, producing fruit worthy of what Jesus has done for them.

If you consider yourself a believer in Jesus and are saved, examine your life. Ask yourself if you are producing fruit or if you are a dead branch. This can be seen in your life if you are turning away from sin.

Make progress on a regular basis to change sinful habits and be His witness. Be who Jesus has saved you to be, a new creation that produces fruit for God’s kingdom, not a dead branch that will be cut off.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what God has called you to be; that you will produce fruit for God’s kingdom; and that God will not have to cut you off.