Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
My intent is to explore what it means for us as Christians to bear good fruit in our lives and what that fruit looks like.
John 15: 3-4
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
What does Jesus mean when he says that because of the word that He has spoken to his disciples they are clean?
Jesus as God’s son came to the earth to reveal to mankind who God was, Jesus was God in the flesh, and he spoke the words of God to his disciples telling them who he was, revealing the truth of his deity to them. He taught them godly wisdom, showed them miracles, proving that he indeed was who he claimed to be. He always pointed to God and his will for the people. In doing this the disciples were washed clean, purified from their sins and set on a holy course.
As Christians, when we believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he died for our sins and the sins of the world in order to bring us back into a right standing with God; we are made clean by the blood of Jesus.
We are given the right to stand before God, pure, without the stain of our sin that separated us from him before.
We are clean, because we believed the word of God when he revealed to us that Jesus is His son. That He is the only way to heaven and because of his sacrifice our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west.
Oh the knowledge of that makes me want to jump up and down for joy.
Now Jesus tells us in verse 4 that we need to remain in him, and when we remain in Him we will bear much fruit, if we do not stay connected to him, we will bear nothing.
I once had a potted yellow rose in my front hallway; it was beautiful and had about 5 yellow roses in full bloom on them. I loved walking past the flower and enjoying the beauty of that delicate plant. Then I had a party for a friend of mine and one of the toddlers loved the flower as well. I found later that she had picked off every little flower. I was sad as the beautiful plant was ruined. Those roses did not survive without the nourishment of the plant that they were attached to, they quickly shriveled up and died.
Well the same is true for us, if we do not remain (abide, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually) in Christ Jesus we will never be able to prosper.
Jesus did not just tell the disciples and us to remain in Him, but he promises to remain in us as well.
What does that mean for us as Christians?
As a disciple of Jesus we are told that in order to grow we need to stay close to the source in order to grow spiritually. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, John 14. If we are making it a habit to hear what the Holy Spirit has to teach us, and put into practice what we learn about in the bible and we are allowing God’s word to completely transform our minds and our hearts then we are “Abiding, remaining” in the vine.
Jesus promises that he will never leave us nor will he ever turn his back on us when we believe in him, he will help us to grow and become the people that he has called us to be. He will lead and us and show us the way he wants us to live, because he will always be with us. We will never face anything alone and we will never have to be afraid.
When Jesus says that he will stay with us, he brings with him all of the resources from heaven which he gives to us, in order for us to live victoriously in our lives.
This is a very good place for us as Christians to be in.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus Christ living in us through the Holy Spirit has all of the resources of heaven at his disposal. He tells us in Ephesians 1, that he has given us every spiritual blessing as a believer in Christ Jesus. Why would we want to live apart from him in this world armed with this knowledge?
When we actively seek out Jesus for all things in our lives he promises that we will not only bring Glory to God but we will bear good spiritual fruit with his help.
I want to encourage you today, if you find yourself in a position where you are trying to earn your way into God’s good books, or earn your spot in heaven or if you have erroneously believed that you need Jesus plus other things to get into heaven and have eternal life, or if you are building your own kingdom and you are trying to “Be a Christian on your own strength” then stop, drop to your knees and pray.
In the verses that we have explored today, Jesus clearly says that the only way to truly reflect him in our lives and bear the good fruit that God wants to see is to stay as close to Jesus and the truth as possible.
Take time out today and start making it a habit to spend time with Jesus everyday, in prayer and in reading of the word of God. Learn his word, hide it in your heart, get deeply rooted in the wonders of his word and you will not be disappointed at all. He promises to reveal himself to you and teach you his ways, he promises to stay with you forever.
You see, as a christian we have nothing to fear, as the God who made the universe and all that we see around us, promises to never leave us. He will always be there to help us and hear our prayers, He wants to see us bring forth all of the good that he has placed within each of us. Step out today, take a risk and go deeper with him, He will not dissapoint you at all.
God bless you
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