Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 247)
TEXT: John 15:14-17
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
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 247.
E.M. Bounds said, “The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death.”
Throughout this discourse, Jesus has announced to His disciples the many privileges of being in league with Him.
1. They have homes in Heaven being built for them.
2. They will soon have the Holy Spirit living inside of them.
3. They are not just the servants, but the friends of their Master.
4. If they are obedient, their prayers will be answered.
5. If they are obedient, they will share in the joy of their Master.
This is such good news that the disciples may have begun to think, ‘Man, look at us. We have a lot to be proud of.’ But Jesus shuts down that line of thinking by reminding them, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” ‘Most of you were simple fishermen when I called you,’ Jesus says. ‘Philip, you were sitting under a tree when I first saw you. Simon, you were with the Zealots and you probably would have ended up dead trying to overthrow Roman rule. And, Matthew, you were a corrupt tax collector, gouging your fellow Jews in exchange for their hatred.’ Basically, Jesus is reminding the disciples that they have nothing to be proud of. It was Jesus who had taken the initiative, saying, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
But, as we have seen, Jesus did not just choose them so He could have disciples and followers like all the other rabbis. Jesus did not choose them just to teach them. He chose them for a purpose. Jesus says, “I have ordained you.” The word ordained means ‘to lay upon; to make or to set aside for one’s use; to set forth; or to establish.’
By “ordaining” His disciples, Jesus is setting them up for a purpose. He wants them to abide in Him for a purpose. He wants them to share in His joy for a purpose. He wants them to be obedient for a purpose. He calls them His friends for a purpose. He will fill them with the power of the Holy Spirit for a purpose. This is the part where Jesus tells His disciples, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
What is that purpose? What is that responsibility? Jesus says it is, “That ye should GO and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” The term “go” indicates more than just evangelism. The disciples are to live their lives from this point on in the light of them having been chosen and ordained by God. Warren Wiersbe said, “The purpose for all this [choosing and ordaining] is that we might obey Him and get His work done. The King has tasks that must be performed; and if we love Him, we will obey His commands. We will seek to bear fruit that will please Him and glorify the Father. Our joy should be to please Him.”
As Christians, we can fall into the trap of thinking that salvation is a product of what we have done and choices we have made. But that is not the case. Salvation and our ordination as Christ’s servants are entirely a result of what He has done for us. In light of what He has done, we ought to “go” — to live our lives as branches of the vine of Christ, bringing Him glory as we produce much fruit.
One hymnwriter said:
God eternal has a purpose,
Formed in His eternal past,
Spreading to eternal future;
Between these ends all time is cast.
For with time there is the process,
Time for His accomplishment;
And in time we’re merely travelers—
For eternity we’re meant.
As the product, the fulfillment,
Will the church in glory stand,
Consummation of the purpose
In eternal ages planned.
God will have His corporate vessel,
All His glory to contain;
Lord, we’re wholly for Thy purpose
All Thy goal in us attain.
The future and calling that Jesus gave to His disciples, He extends to you as well. He is saying to you today, “Come, follow Me.” Here is how you can make the choice to follow Him even as the disciples did.
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. 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 email@example.com 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.