Bearing Fruit

   
 
   

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 that can produce fruit ---- whether we are speaking of the sweet grapes on the vine or the or the new Christians accepting the sweet Holy Spirit - it is GOD alone that creates both miracles.

Thus if we are to BEAR His fruit - we should be carrying - and caring for - 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
Encouraging others
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 "FRUITS" --his servants--as we ripen, so should we help the others on the vine to do the same. We can be the "best for picking" that 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 her take care of the apple crops. 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, to be a prayer warrior -- we can be ripe for the picking for so many ways to bring God honor and glory.

So, no longer concern yourself of producing fruit for the Lord. Just determine to bear (take care of ) your own fruit and bear (take care of) the others - Christians, and non Christians, that are around you. You will RIPEN and bring much honor and glory to God when you do.

"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
joyfullyservingHIM@nlbaptist.com

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