November 29, Bear Fruit

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8

 

I am a type A person. Always doing something and always thinking about what I can be doing while I am doing something. I give myself a guilt trip by thinking I cannot possibly do enough. So I drive myself into this cycle of thinking I am not doing enough, so I do more and while I am doing that, I think I can do more and disappoint myself by not doing more. Do you understand what I am saying?

 

So I struggle with the statement, “bear much fruit”. Should I be immersed in studies with other people? Might I need to spend my time with people listening to them and looking into God’s Word for solutions as how to live our lives? Should I be leading my family to live God-centered lives? How could I help the next generation of Christians not make the same mistakes I have made in my life?

 

The answer to all these questions is, yes. I need to do the work God places in front of me. To take advantage of the opportunities, He gives me to glorify Him. To show others why God has the highest position in my life. To do nothing is not an option God has given me.

 

Gal 5:22-24

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

NASB

 

Phil 2:13-14

3 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

NASB

 

It is not possible for me to do enough to earn what God has done for me. The perspective I lack is that God is the one producing the results in me and in others. It is His Word that has the power to change lives. I cannot possibly do enough, but God can and does more than I can even imagine. This gives my work perspective. I need to let God work in me.

 

I want with all my heart to be called a disciple of Jesus, nothing is dearer to me than this one thought.

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