Bear Much Fruit
Date: May 23, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: John 15:8 (NIV): "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
L - Listen for God's Word and Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, as I come before Your Word, I ask for Your presence and guidance. Speak to me through John 15:8 and help me understand the significance of bearing much fruit as a sign of being Your disciple. May Your Spirit enlighten my heart and empower me to live a life that brings glory to You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The Gospel of John was written by the apostle John, and this verse is part of Jesus' teachings during the Last Supper. In this passage, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the importance of abiding in Him and bearing fruit. Jesus expresses that it brings glory to the Father when His disciples bear much fruit. Bearing fruit signifies living a life that reflects the character, teachings, and love of Christ. It involves producing the works of righteousness, sharing the Gospel, and making a positive impact in the world. By bearing much fruit, believers demonstrate their genuine discipleship and bring honor to God.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"Father's glory" highlights that the ultimate purpose is to bring honor and praise to God.
"Bear much fruit" implies living a life characterized by righteousness, love, and the works of the Spirit.
"Showing yourselves to be my disciples" emphasizes that bearing fruit is an evidence of true discipleship and a reflection of Christ's teachings.
S - Summarize and Share:
When we bear much fruit, we bring so much honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. It's like we become walking testimonies of His goodness and grace. Our lives become a beautiful display of how Jesus has transformed us from the inside out.
But what does it mean to bear much fruit? It's not just about doing good things or checking off a list of tasks. No, it's about something deeper. It's about living in a way that reflects who Jesus is. It's about letting His love and truth flow through us into the lives of others.
When we bear much fruit, it's like we're showing the world that we're truly Jesus' disciples. It's not just about saying we believe in Him; it's about living it out in our actions, words, and attitudes. We become His representatives, carrying His love wherever we go.
So, let's make it our goal to bear much fruit. Let's let the Holy Spirit work in us and through us, transforming us day by day. Let's love others the way Jesus loves us, forgiving, serving, and caring for them. Let's be a source of joy, peace, and encouragement to those around us.
When we bear much fruit, it's not just for our own benefit. It's for the glory of God and the blessing of others. Our lives become a testimony of His power and love, drawing others closer to Him. Isn't that incredible?
Let's be intentional in our choices and actions. Let's live in a way that makes Jesus proud. As we do so, we'll see the impact we can make, one fruit at a time. And remember, you're not alone in this journey. Jesus is right there with you, empowering you and guiding you every step of the way.
Let’s bear much fruit and show the world what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus. Let's shine His light, spread His love, and make a difference wherever we go. Are you ready? Let's do this together!
Bible Cross References:
Matthew 5:16: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Ephesians 2:10: "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Colossians 1:10: "So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God."
Philippians 1:11: "Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God."