This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8 NIV)
A few moments earlier Jesus said that apart from Him His disciples could do nothing. In fact, He said it twice! The disciples were to stay ‘connected to the vine.’
Bearing ‘fruit’ for Jesus is important. Living a life of devotion to Christ that results in good works brings glory to God. It magnifies Him in this world! Bringing God glory is the reason we exist. Living this way is evidence of discipleship. It is proof that we are following Jesus.
Honestly, I am tired of all the verbiage on the meaninglessness of ‘good works.’ While it is true that we are not justified before God by our good works – it is the blood of Jesus shed for us that makes us right before Holy God – it’s as if Christians can’t get beyond the question of salvation. That’s the big concern! Am I saved? How about believing the Gospel, growing in devotion and living a life filled with ‘good fruit?’ That fruitfulness shows that you are a disciple. The greater question: Is my life bringing glory to God?
By the way, if your life isn’t bringing glory to God because it’s unfruitful, you’re not a disciple of Jesus. The Father cuts off all of those branches… (you’re not saved!) Jesus said “If you love me you’ll do what I command” (John 14:15). Let’s get on with it.
Father, help me with my unbelief that causes such unfruitfulness in my life. May the good works I do be seen by people so they may glorify You (Matthew 5:16). You are great and greatly to be praised! I live for You today.