The divine prerogative

John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Christ chose and appointed us as his followers to bear fruit. God has designed us to bear fruit.  As Christ is the vine and we the branches (vs 5), bearing fruit is our default mode, for a true branch that is abiding in the vine. The only thing required of us is to be connected to the vine, with that the process of bearing fruit is automatic.

We should not struggle to bear fruit, make impact, achieve spiritual goals, while you neglect the number one priority that of dining at the feet of Christ.

Jesus told Martha who was all over the place trying to please him (Luke 10:38-41). He called her attention to what her sister Mary was doing, sitting at the feet of Christ to learn from him, to be in close to him to hear from Christ, being taught by him before attempting to teach others.

Fruit bearing goes beyond specific activities. Two people can seemingly be doing the same thing but the spiritual value or impart of the effort are different. The difference is in the depth of their “abiding in Christ (vs 4).” That is why the focus is on the fruit that abides not just bearing fruits; it’s about the long-lasting nature of the impact not just the face value, but the eternal value. It’s not about the sweetness of your words or the fatness of your financial contribution, but if these spring from abiding in Christ, it will be bear fruit that abides.

Nevertheless God has appointed you to bear fruit, which is the divine prerogative. You don’t need to struggle to attain it, just ensure that you are close to Christ with the priority of seeking him in constant deep fellowship, which is your own prerogative.

Question: what are the things that negatively affect your needed time of fellowship with God?

Prayer activity: Lord, I rest in you to work out bearing fruit in me

Tomorrow’s topic: Who is David?

 

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