Chosen to Bear Fruit

Dan Lenington on September 16, 2015

Grapes

John 15:16 has been one of my most favorite verses, but although it is already very familiar to me, It continues to startle me with new assurances. Recently, I was reading through John 15 again and was challenged by our need to abide in Christ and seek to allow His Word to abide in us. This relationship brings joy, answered prayer, and spiritual fruit in our lives. Christ tells disciples that they are not mere servants but close friends. Do you view Jesus Christ as your best friend?

Then in verse 16, Christ says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” I have appreciated this verse as it gives the Christian his purpose (to bear fruit). It also promises that with will be lasting fruit that has eternal value. Then, it tells us that since we are bearing fruit to the glory of God, we can ask Him for anything we need through the authority and access granted by Christ. What a privilege and a powerful reassurance that we can be successful in our business of bringing glory to God.

However, let’s return to the first part of the verse which has given me new assurance of His desire to use me. Christ says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you….” Sometimes in ministry, it can be disconcerting to stop and wonder, “Am I really supposed to do this; am I really going to make any difference; do I really have the right to boldly declare the truth.” Christ reminds us that our calling to be disciples and messengers with His truth was not our idea. In fact, no man naturally seeks to know and tell the truth of God’s Word or selflessly bring glory to God (1 Cor. 2:14). Therefore, because our ministry was His idea and according to His commission, we can be assured that He will equip us and provide everything we need for the task. That’s what prayer is for, and He tells us plainly that we can ask for anything we need in the line of duty. It’s like a check made out to us with amount blank but designated for bringing the Father glory!

So the point is this. Are you bearing much fruit that remains to the glory of God? If not, it cannot be due to a lack of resources. You have the treasure store of God Himself wide open to you! Plus, He has chosen you personally to bear fruit for Him. Now you need to stop and ask what type of fruit would he have you produce. What do you need to produce that fruit? Make a list! Then, ask God to provide these needs so that His crop can be grown and harvested for His glory by you His worker. You will be filled with joy as you watch God answer these prayers knowing that you are a part of His eternal purpose. To have this vibrant relationship with God is why He created us, and let me tell you, it is exciting! You’ll start running out of things to ask for when He begins to work in His timing. Let’s get busy bearing fruit!