Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 242)
TEXT: John 15:7-11
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 242.
J.C. Ryle said, “Abide in Me says Jesus. Cling to Me. Stick fast to Me. Live the life of close and intimate communion with Me. Get nearer to Me. Roll every burden on Me. Cast your whole weight on Me. Never let go your hold on Me for a moment. Be, as it were, rooted and planted in Me. Do this and I will never fail you. I will ever abide in you.”
What is the purpose for which any plant is grown? Fruit does not grow for itself. Apples do not eat apples. Grapes do not get nourishment from grapes. Apples, grapes, and all other kinds of fruit grow for the benefit of others. And that is a key reason why Christians ought to be fruitful branches of the vine of Christ.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe reminds us, “We are not producing fruit to please ourselves but to serve others. We should be the kind of people who ‘feed’ others by our words and our works.”
However, service to others is not an end in itself. Our service to others is carried out ultimately with the goal of bringing glory to God. Jesus says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” We, as disciples, do not live for ourselves. We have given up all to follow Christ. The fruit of our following Christ brings glory to God. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” When people look at our lives — both inside the church and outside the church — they ought to be moved to give glory to God. And, if by chance, someone gives glory to us, we ought to point their praise to God.
There is another quality of fruit — or plants in general — that we should pause here to consider, and that is that fruit begets fruit. An apple tree might bear 40 apples one year, but each of those apples contains seeds, and if all of those seeds are planted, you might soon have 40 apple trees bearing 1600 apples a year. Of course, this takes time, and that is where faithfulness comes in.
Faithfulness is often the difference between a Christian who is truly abiding in the vine and a false Christian who is just pretending. The true Christian will persevere, will stick and stay, will keep on producing fruit — “much fruit,” as Jesus says. And this brings glory to God. Eventually, a false Christian will show his true colors and give up. On top of that, what may be considered his “fruit” will not beget more fruit, showing itself to be false.
You might not be showing much fruit now, but if you are a child of God and you are abiding in Christ and Christ in you, you will one day bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God. When you do (because it’s not a matter of if), just remember where the glory should go.
One hymnwriter said…
All through this world, slowly I roam
I have but one goal, to make Heaven my home
Not by my works, but by His grace
One day, I shall look upon His face
Because of Him, I’ll be up there
Because of Him, His glory I’ll share
I’ll never give up though my way grows dim
I’ll make it through and give all glory to Him
If you have not yet become a part of the vine of Christ, I encourage you to make the decision to receive Him as your Savior today. Here is how you can do that right now.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.