Recently, I was getting the feeling that I wasn't bearing fruit for the Lord after many expiriences where I felt like a failure. He led me to seek Him and do a bit of research about this and I came about a video by Micheal Chriswell about the spiritual secret to bearing fruit. (You can watch that here: youtu.be/2neEsSAbgAI
) I went and did my own little Bible study and the Lord showed me how bearing fruit connects with being the light of the world, to abiding in Christ, faith with works, and just the broad spectrum of how to live as a another "blood-bought, faithful member of the family" (Get that reference?)
What Micheal talks about is how we need to abide in Christ. John 15:3-6 states this: "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.
What does it mean to abide in Christ though? 1 John 4:16 puts it like this: "So we have come to know and trust in the love that God has for us. God is love. Now whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
And what are the two greatest commandments? Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:35-40). I believe that this shows that we need a relationship with the Messiah, we need to seek Him and trust Him. Micheal talks about how he relies on Elohim (God) in order for him to be able to bear fruit. Paul even talks about living in the Spirit. Galations 5:13-26 says how to live in the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) that indwells us: "Brothers and sisters, you were called to freedom—only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Torah can be summed up in a single saying: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not destroyed by one another. But I say, walk by the Ruach , and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach , but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want. But if you are led by the Ruach , you are not under law. Now the deeds of the flesh are clear: sexual immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, witchcraft, hostility, strife, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, just as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit God’s kingdom. But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Ruach , let us also walk by the Ruach . Let us not become conceited—provoking one another, envying one another.
Jesus goes on in John 15:6 about the importance of abiding in Him with: "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned.
Now Jesus is not saying that we are saved by works, he already said in verse 3 "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you."
But faith is also an action. James 2:14-19 makes this clear: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can such faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in shalom , keep warm and well fed, ” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is that? So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe—and shudder!"
Especially verse 19, "the demons believe". What kind if faith is it that we say we follow Jesus but we live like an apostate. That's why James 4:4 says that being a friend to the world makes you an enemy of God. This all links back to Matthew 5:14 where it says: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." How are we being a light if we are not abiding in Christ? How many times have you heard an unbeliever attribute our behaviour as a church to that of Jesus's? This is serious. John 15:8: "In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples."
Again, not works for salvation, but show the world your faith by works. Get into a relationship with Jesus. Don't be lukewarm.
I hope this was helpful, I plan to revise it because I threw it together in a rush. By the way, that reference is from youtu.be/Mflekg7ieX0
. That's how I know you read the whole thing. Sorry for the inactivity lately too. And if there is a non-Believer here, come and talk to me. I'd love to get your oppinions on this matter. Blessings!
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