John 15:7 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Today’s digging deeper post is actually from a sermon I heard recently, the message was titled Keys to Bearing Fruit and it focused on John 15:7. I thought it was such a great message, I decided to share it with you guys. The four keys to bearing fruit are 4 P’s and were the general message, however, I decided to exaptiate on it and share more scriptures to support the message and deepen the digging.
If you remain in me. So the first principle is our position, which must be in Christ, He is the place. When we become Christians we put off the old man and put on the new man and the new man must be in Christ. However, how do we remain in Christ when He’s not next to us physically. Romans 8:6 says for to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. We remain in Christ in our Spirit which will then translate to how we act and present ourselves in hte world. So, our thoughts and actions should portray a personality steeped in Christ.
And my words remain in you. His words are permanent and must live in us; this is the principle. Now, why does God’s word need to remain in us? Psalm 119:11 says I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. When God’s word is in us, and we live according to that word – remember, we are not just hearers, but doers also – we are less likely to sin. Galatians 5:16 – So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. His words must transform and change our lives.
Ask whatever you wish. This prayer has to be taken in context. God is the farmer, Jesus the vine, we the branches. Our purpose is to bear fruit. When we ask, we should be asking God to help us bear fruit. How often do we ask God to use us to bless other people or to be the salt and light for the world? It’s something worth considering – what does your prayer life look like? Are you always praying for just yourself and your needs or do you often think of others? In addition, often times, we’re not fruitful because we’re not concerned about bearing fruit; bearing fruit should be high on our priority list. That means that before we ask God to fix our financial situation, or to provide us with that job we desire, or spouse, we should first be asking God to use us. Matthew 6:33 – but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
And it will be done for you. One thing to note here is that while this is a promise, it comes at the end of the keys to bearing fruit, it is the last principle. There is divine order to these principles; while God promises that He will help us bear fruit, we have to complete the first three things on the list before we get the promise. We cannot expect to receive the promises of God without first doing what He has asked us to do – bear fruit. It is impossible to ask a father for something if you are not His child.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, today I come to you with a simple request, use me as a fuit bearer for you. Let me be salt and light wherever I go that I may win souls for Your glory. Amen.
Here’s one question to think about for further study:
What kinds of fruit are we meant to produce as children of God? Feel free to share your answer in a comment below also.
Jer 17:10, Gal 5:22-23, Rom 6:22, Heb 12:11, 13:22.