Most missionaries and preachers are familiar with Jesus’ analogy in John 15 of the vine, branches and fruit. But there is one verse that needs our careful attention; “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide (remain or last), so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15:16). Beside that fact that Jesus has chosen us and appointed us for the purpose of fruit-bearing, He wants out fruit to “abide (remain or last)”. If we are measuring our ministry in quantities such as number of converts, church buildings and their size or any other physical measurement, we are using the wrong scale of values.
True fruit results from proving that we are Jesus’ disciples. This brings glory to the Father (15:8). All of our work will be tested by fire to see if it has eternal materials in it that will last (1 Cor. 3:11-15). It is good to take time to evaluate our own work and make corrections now so that our fruit in the future will remain to the Father’s glory. This is why we were chosen by Jesus.
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