“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (Jhn 15:16)
Jesus wants us to bear much fruit, by which our heavenly Father might be glorified (John 15:8). Abiding in Christ is the key to all fruitfulness. We must remain in the Lord to be fruitful. Abiding in Christ involves letting His words abide in us. Bearing fruit means loving other people. If we bear fruit, we love people and win people to Christ. When we give to others out of love, it shows that we have embraced the gospel of Christ and lived out its message.
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” (2 Cor 9:10)
Deep in our heart dwells the garden of God. He has plans for it to bear fruit. Because He chose us for this work, we can be sure He will help us and make us fruitful. God, the giver of all things, will multiply the seed for sowing for those who sow generously. If we are generous in helping others, God will enable us to be even more loving and compassionate. God will also increase our fruits of righteousness.
John the Baptist advised the multitudes to bear fruits worthy of repentance (Luke 3:8). The people, tax collectors, and soldiers asked John one after another what should they do. John instructed them with mercy, honesty, and kindness, which were pleasing to God. Bearing fruits of repentance means in speech and conduct, demonstrating a changed heart and a reflection of God’s nature.
Because it is the Lord who chose us and appointed us, if we abide in Him, He will also empower us to accomplish the purpose for which He chose us. We Christians are like the living tree. The longer we continue to be rooted in Christ, the more abundant we will be in bearing fruit.