21-Day Growth Challenge | Day Eight: "The Fruit Factor"

Sunday, January 10, 2010 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Special Note:

For two of the next five days, you should plan to fast and pray. Skip one or more meals per day. Click here for an in-depth lesson on prayer and fasting.

Key Verse
John 15:16 (NKJV) 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.

The fruit factor represents the things that God will do for us and through us when it involves bearing fruit. Producing fruit means producing godly results and character consistent with His plan and purpose. The disciples came to a point in their spiritual growth when they would no longer be carried by faith in what they saw in Jesus. It was time for them to produce fruit by their own faith in God.

God sends people to help us grow and develop such as our parents, teachers, pastors, mentors, coaches and others, including Jesus. None of these people, nor our Savior, can produce fruit for us. The best they can do is help cultivate what God has put inside of us. Ultimately, it is our responsibility to recognize God at work in ourselves and to fully cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

In our text, Jesus made a very specific promise related to bearing fruit (results). He intends for us to receive what we ask, especially when what we ask is related to being chosen, appointed and commited to producing results for God's glory and purpose.

Ask God to make clearer to you what seeds, abilities and gifts He has put inside you. Thank Him that you are, and will, produce godly results and character (fruit). Consistent with your knowledge of His will, ask Him to give you whatever is necessary to serve His purposes.

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