There is a second proof that we are abiding in Christ. Yesterday we saw that abiding in Christ causes us to ask for the right things of God in prayer. Today we will see another proof that we are abiding in Christ. Our lives are to “bear much fruit and so prove to be [His] disciples” (John 15:8).
J. Oswald Sanders comments on this point; “Not all believers are true disciples…our discipleship will be evident by our abiding in His love, enjoying it, reveling in it – a love as great as the Father has for His Son (15:10).” (Enjoying Intimacy with God, page 64).
Fruitfulness in our lives can only be accurately measured by God, yet if we are honest with ourselves, we know when there are issues between us and the Lord and our lives show it. Discipleship with the Lord means that we are allowing Him to change us thoroughly as we learn in His presence. Paul told the believers at Corinth, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5). This requires a degree of openness with the Lord that is more concerned about improving our fruitfulness than what other people think of us.
What does the fruit in your life tell others about how close you are to the Lord?