Fruit Or Fire
It is when we accept Jesus that all is possible, all is available and all becomes known. Jesus promises’ us, multiple times, that if we come to Him and ask nothing will be denied. It is the way we as that trips us.
“Fox hole prayers” are rarely answered as their is no seeking, only demanding – “if you do this for me, I will do that for you” – it is quiet clear this approach doesn’t really work for Jesus doesn’t take orders. John 15:5 (CSB) “The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit” Remaining in Jesus doesn’t come on whim. It means we are continually seeking, continually walking with and continually developing a deeper relationship with Him. As we continue doing these works, He continually does works through us and for us.
Is this “fruit” Jesus references other disciples? Does it mean we are carrying the Word to others? Is it a combination of people and material items? John 15:8 (CSB) My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. The only thing I seek is a deeper understanding and a stronger bond with Jesus. The life that has come before is past. Being a new man is the only thing that matters, being son to our Father, being a vessel for the Holy Spirit and messenger of the Word is work and the reward.
The deeper I go, the deeper I want to go. The deeper I want to go, the deeper, it seems, I am being pulled. It is a beautiful cycle.
John 15 CSB
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2 Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
4 Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.
6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.