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May 7, 2020

Fruit That Will Last

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16)

In today’s passage, Jesus tells his disciples (and us as his followers) that they are appointed to go and bear fruit that will last. Jesus is telling us that our purpose is to impact others in a way that matters for eternity. But what is the fruit that will last? How do I know if I’m producing that kind of fruit?

The fruit that will last is the fruit that is sourced, fed by, and infused with the person of Jesus. It is the product of the lives of people who love and obey him. 

In Galatians 5 we see these qualities described as the fruit of the Spirit. They are listed as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When we live connected to Jesus, the fruit that will come out of our lives will be seen in our attitudes and our response towards the circumstances and/or the people surrounding us.

If I have an orange tree in my yard that isn’t producing very good oranges, what should I do? Should I spend time on each piece of fruit, maybe painting it a darker color, or injecting it with water, so it gets bigger and juicier? No. If I want good fruit I must cultivate a healthy tree and good soil.

 The same is true for our lives spiritually. In order for us to have a lasting impact on those around us, to bear lasting fruit, we first and foremost have to center our daily lives on Christ and his Spirit so that his power and peace may infuse us. As we abide in Jesus, his qualities and characteristics begin to sprout and grow in our lives so that in each and every situation we speak and act in a way that gives life to those around us.

Question: Ask yourself, how would Jesus live my life if Jesus had my life to live?

Challenge: Memorize the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to abide in your love and obey your word so that I may bear lasting fruit. Amen.

Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres

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