Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8
God doesn't ask us to produce fruit, but to bear fruit. Have you ever thought that produce and bear meant the same thing. If you think about it - they are not the same at all.
To produce means to make more. That is not what God asks us to do - HE says he wants us to bear fruit. Don't you think that means to carry, uplift, and take care of HIS fruit?
The Creator is the only One who can produce fruit--whether we are speaking of sweet grapes on the vine or the new Christian who accepts the sweet Holy Spirit; it is GOD alone who creates both miracles.
Thus, if we are to BEAR His fruit - we should be carrying - and caring for - ourselves and others that are of the "sweet vine," right?
In bearing HIS fruit we should be:
Reading God's Word daily
Praying for others daily
Practicing kind deeds in HIS name
Being a Godly example to others in our daily life
Standing with those who are going through trials
And even correcting (by Godly means) those believers who are not honoring God.
I love vine-ripened tomatoes. They stay on the vine the whole time they are coming to their sweetest form. That is a great picture of how God expects us to become the sweetest and ripest "Fruit" for HIM.
As God's FRUIT--his servants--we ripen, and we should help others on the vine to do the same. We can be the "best for picking" in this way.
I really appreciate our local orchard owner, Mrs. Brown. She truly "BEARS" the fruit in her orchards. She hires a lot of local people to help care for her apple trees. They work hard to prune the trees for the highest yield, apply the right natural pesticides to produce beautiful healthy fruit, and each year they plant more trees for future crops.
God may "pick" us to serve in a foreign land, to be a pastor, to teach a Sunday School class, to teach Scripture to others, to be an encouragement to many, or to be a prayer warrior.
Determine to "bear fruit," that is take care of your fruit and take care of the people around you--Christians and non Christians. In this way you will ripen and be ripe for the picking to bring honor and glory to God.
"I am the vine, you are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" John 15:5.
Copyright 2004 Emmalea Butler
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