John 15: 8, Luke 6: 46, Matthew 5: 16, Titus 3: 14, Ephesians 2: 10
'By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.' John 15:8
· What does God desire from us?
Surely He desires our hands, as well as our hearts. He confronts us with this searching question: "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6: 46). There is no such thing as true discipleship without fruit-bearing. The two ideas are inseparable. "You will be My disciples," Jesus said, in the bearing of "much fruit." In the Sermon on the Mount, He had said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). We can hardly make a greater mistake than to think of faith as something simply to be "experienced."
· Those who are saved are those who must serve..
To become a Christian is to become active. Almost every scriptural analogy used to illustrate the relationship of God's people is one that implies work or activity. Disciples are useful members in the body, productive branches in the vine, dependable servants in the household, etc. "Let our people," Paul wrote, "learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful" (Titus 3:14). Jesus Christ did not go to the Cross merely to confer a grand most blessed status upon those who believe in Him.
The Bible bit probably quoted most often to emphasize that our salvation is by God's grace is immediately followed & totally connected to this statement: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).
God has loads for you to do!! - Your being in Him is to be for Him, bring others to Him and generally be beautiful for Him!! Oozzzzzing the fragrance of Christ in a deathly & dying world!
. Our God has plans for us.
His will is to weave us into the great pattern of His purpose in Jesus Christ and make us participants in the doing of His intentions. If we seek God truly, we will not wander aimlessly in the realm of spirituality, but we will pursue a path that goes toward the doing of definite good things, stuff with stonking huge eternal consequences! Can't you hear the cheers of heaven!?
The discipleship He seeks from us is not merely one that we enjoy, but one that produces results.
We can be sure that whatever we do within God's will, He is more than able to bring something good out of it. Our Father, seeks fruit in our lives, He longs for fruitfulness in your life! - may God get you going in gritty discipleship, hard-core discipline so that not a moment is wasted and loads of praise and people share heaven with you on the last day! Eternity beckons NOW!!The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
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