We Bear Fruit
KEY VERSE | John 15:16
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
Our hearts are nourished through the Word, faith and times of refreshing in His presence. We cannot be fruitful if we do not seek the Lord and learn from Him. Taking time to allow Him to speak to us and then listening to what He has to say is vital to our ability to bear fruit.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. ‘Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.’” John 15:4-5
When we take the time to nourish our hearts on a regular basis we are able to bear fruit even when the storms come our way. I am reminded of this quote by Vivian Greene:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”
Without rain, nothing grows. We can learn to embrace the storms in our lives because they help us grow. Throughout my life, it has been during the hard, messy and rainy times that I experienced the most growth. In those times I had to cling to my faith and trust in God, even though I didn’t know what was going to happen or how I was going to get through it. But that is what makes this a walk of faith! When we see these storms as opportunities to grow, the fruits of the Spirit are more evident in our lives!
It’s easy to trust God when everything is going as planned, but during the storms when we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control—that is when the world takes notice. It is easy to bear good fruit when life is easy, but when we bear fruit during adversity God is glorified in an even greater measure!
RESPONSE | What are some areas in your life you need to let God take care of and learn to trust Him?