If I were to imagine myself sitting around with the eleven disciples (Judas had left) as Jesus continued His final teaching before His arrest, trial and crucifixion, I could see the smile on His face. Some of the points He made in previous verses about not ‘abiding in the vine’ were so challenging. I would never want them to be true of me and “thrown away”!
Then Jesus comes back to the purpose of bearing fruit; “by this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). The Father’s glory is the end result of bearing fruit. I want that…and so do you. But is that what you and I think about when we are in the hurry of planning and executing ministry? I fear that it is more common for us to plan and implement based on what others have done or methods others have used that seem successful, or applauded by the majority.
The issue often boils down to who we are seeking to please. We have said it before and must say it again, that success in the Lord’s work is NEVER measured by any man-made, denomination-made, or organizational systems. It is not about numbers. It is all about God’s glory!
There is another factor Jesus brings into this picture. If we are fruit for the Father’s glory, we are proving to others that we are really a disciple of Jesus. That is the kind of reputation I want to have. In a world of hero followers, and in the Church that often boasts of big names that are the author of their programs, I want to be known as a faithful disciple of Jesus. The proof of that is whether the life I live or the fruit of my ministry is truly for the Father’s glory.
How would someone outside your church or organization describe your ministry?
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