“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
The Bible is laden with instructions for us as children of God, one of which is to bear fruits. In our theme scripture, Jesus clearly stated that as His disciples, we are to bear much fruit to the glory of God.
The instruction to bear fruits does not refer to literal fruits like oranges or strawberries, but fruits unto righteousness!
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22)
Trees have a natural propensity to bear fruits of their own kind. As believers, we should also naturally bear fruits unto righteousness because we have God’s Spirit inside of us- the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:18)
In fact, fruit-bearing is actually a sign of good living. Branches connected to healthy trees are expected to bring forth fruit. Anything outside this is an anomaly. (John 15:2)
The way to bear fruits is not far-fetched. Let us consider this scripture:
“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.”
The first thing we must note is the need for constant connection to our Source. In the first instance, our righteousness came as a gift from God.
Thereafter, our sufficiency is also of God. We derive the strength and grace to continuously live right and bear much fruit from Him.
As such, we do not live our lives carelessly but remain conscious of who we are and bear fruits in reality to match our identity. (Matthew 7:20)
Matthew 13:23 also says “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
It is a beautiful thing to be part of a local church where God’s word is taught accurately. The right response is for you to receive the Word, understand it and reproduce it in your life and ultimately, that of others.
Dear believer, be fruitful!