You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. (John 15:16, AMP)
Most of you, like me, would describe your life as full.
Our lives are full of this and full of that.
Full of coming and full of going.
Full of seeking and full of striving.
Full of committing and full of conquering.
In all of the fullness, one question remains.
Are we bearing fruit?
Not just any fruit, but “fruit that will remain”.
When I consider “fruit that will remain”, I ponder efforts that have resulted in duplication.
For instance, God placed various people in my life over the years who poured their hearts, wisdom, love, and various gifting for the the purpose of yielding fruits of righteousness in my life. Likewise, I consider those who God has allowed me to impact in some way over the years and the domino effect that their lives have had on others. Fruit that duplicates, fruit that yields righteous results, is fruit that is lasting.
Funny, fruit that remains does not cause me to consider my bank accounts, investments, accolades or any achievements outside of those which have had some kind of impact for the Kingdom of God.
Fruit that remains causes me to recall emails from individuals who attended bible studies I’ve been honored to teach, describing the impact God’s Word has had on their lives and the lives of their families.
Fruit that remains humbles me to seek the will of God and His purpose for my life more and more so I am in fact firmly nestled in appointed and purposeful place God has chosen me to bear fruit as His representative.
In John 4:34-38, Jesus provides insight to what fruit that remains consists of.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘It is still four months until the harvest comes?’ Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest. 36 Already the reaper is receiving his wages and he is gathering fruit for eternal life; so that he who plants and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘One [person] sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap [a crop] for which you have not worked. Others have worked and you have been privileged to reap the results of their work.”
In some cases, the “fruit that remains” in our lives is a result of the labor others have poured the foundation for. In other cases, we are laying the foundation for recipients who will follow.
Whatever the case, we must see our current endeavors and acts in view of eternity. The eternal purpose and the eternal harvest.
My prayer for 2017 is that I focus on “fruit that will remain”. My prayer is that my daily efforts will bear fruit that will remain will all is said and done. I pray that my conversations and my daily interactions will be steeped in fruit that will have a lasting impact on the recipients.
Instead of making New Year Resolutions, seek the Father about bearing fruit that will remain for eternity. Fruit that will outlast the next 362 remaining days of this year.
As we examine our own lives, not in comparison with others, in view of fruit that will remain. I’m confident that our loving Father will reveal His chosen and appointed places and purposes handpicked for our individual lives. In those appointed and chosen places, may we will stand firmly as His representatives on a well lighted path that will draw others to their own paths hidden in Him. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
For His Glory,