The Word of Grace Devotion for May 22, 2017
How To Bear Fruit
John 12:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Beloved, we know from Scripture that we have been called to die to ourselves. Whether it was the Apostle Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 15:31, “I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day,” or John the Baptist who said in John 3:30, “He must increase and I must decrease,” we have known from Scripture that this life is not all about us but also about others.
Here in our text today, taken from John 12:24, we learn that dying to ourselves also produces fruit. Now, to the Christian, fruit can either be taken as the fruit of the Spirit, defined in Galatians 5:22-23 as love, joy, peace, etc. or fruit can be those works that God has ordained for us to accomplish.
Now, in order to have fruitful lives, we also must abide in Christ as John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Therefore, when we take John 12:24 and John 15:5 together, we learn that to have a fruitful life we must (1) die to ourselves and (2) abide in Jesus.
Speaking truthfully, it is sometimes very difficult to die to myself. I want to serve the Lord but I am prone to get in the way. So often I want my way and not His way. But what I have learned is that when I submit myself to the Lord and to His way then He blesses my meek efforts to serve Him.
Just like you, I want to bear fruit, I want to live a godly life and I want to die to myself. Lord, help me and others to bear fruit as we say no to us and yes to Jesus. Lord Jesus may you reign on our lives!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Christ’s Strength,