“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15: NIV
I grew up in Southeast Missouri and one of the best hidden treasures we have down there is peach trees. I remember taking my children to Bader’s Farms in Campbell, Missouri to pick fresh peaches. We couldn’t even wait to get home to eat them, and my car always smelled like peaches for days.
One day I asked a worker why their peaches were so good. Other farms in the area grew them but there was something about Bader’s that made them juicier, plumper and just better. He told me it is because they are fertilized with rich fertilizer. The fertilizer was made by a source they trust, the cows on the farm.
Sometimes I worry about the fruit I am producing in God’s kingdom. I worry that my fruit is not growing. Lately, this is a struggle I have really had in my heart. If you are like me, you are busy and trying to live up to every expectation people have for you. There are church events, kid’s activities, family time, and work. When do I have time Lord to produce fruit?
Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 28 that our sole purpose is to go and make disciples in all the world. In other words, go produce fruit.
So how can we do that when we are so swamped with other things that we have in our life. Like the days we are feeling unworthy, unloved, and not enough. John 15:7 gives us the answer. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” In this verse three points really stuck out to me.
First, we must be obedient. Later in the chapter, Jesus is telling the disciples “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s Commands and remain in his love” (John 15:10 NIV). Jesus wants us to listen to what he tells us, to obey his commandments in all things. Even things we may not like.
Second, we must stay in the word. If you are like me, Sundays is my favorite day of the week. I love listening to the word. I try to read the word every day in some form. There is no better way to lift your spirit than to hear the word of God. Here is my tip for today. If you are down and depressed and had the worst day ever, pick up your Bible. Start reading those words in red or go and read psalms. These words are so encouraging and love from the father oozes from the pages.
Lastly, we need to pray. The Bible makes this very clear. He wants to hear from us. He wants us to tell him about our problems. The ups and the downs. When we are on our knees, we are pushing the enemy away. Satan runs when a saint prays. Ask God to send you to people that need him. Ask God for the power to tell others, to produce the fruit, for boldness.
Remember everything we are comes from Him. We can’t produce fruit on our own. Just like those peaches, we have to start at the trusted source. The source is Jesus Christ who is the perfector and finisher of our faith.