Week 27 Word: Bear Fruit
Week 27 Text: John 15:16
Written by: Caitlin Skidmore
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” (John 15:16 NLT)
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NLT)
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a NLT)
We have a choice every second of every day. Will we focus on making our plans happen, or will we ask what God’s are and follow His direction instead?
Last month, I heard Priscilla Shirer say something that has stuck with me ever since. “Jesus did the Father’s will and that was it. He said no to a lot of good things to make room for the best things.”
I was struck by the fact that I often feel like I’m drowning in a sea of “shoulds” that make me feel tired, overwhelmed, and guilty for not getting them all done.
But really, I already have everything I need:
• God chose me, saved me, and made me new in Jesus.
• The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives inside me.
• And the Holy Spirit is the one that develops His fruit in me- it’s not even my job!
My job is to trust Him and follow His lead, no matter what.
What is He asking you to do right now? Are you doing it?
Whatever He’s asking you to do may feel small and insignificant, or just downright hard. It can be tempting to look ahead and want to do bigger and more important things. But if we’re not willing to do the little, seemingly unimportant things, we’ll miss out on blessings God wants to pour out on us–the blessings that require obedience first.
If there’s something He’s been putting on your heart for months and you’ve been rationalizing it away, choose to trust Him and do it.
Let everything else go and rest in the fact that He is big enough to take care of it.
I know it can be hard, and messy, and awkward. A few months ago, while listening to a sermon about letting God interrupt us, He told me to get my real estate license. My first instinct was to brush it off, because I’m not done with the business He asked me to start a few years ago. But one action at a time, I’ve chosen to fight back my pride and trust Him. Now, He’s weaving these two businesses together in ways I would never have imagined. And through the whole process, I can see a little more of His fruit popping up in my life. I don’t know what’s ahead, but I want to constantly ask Him what’s next, do it, and trust that the fruit He’s going to bring out of my life will be better than I could ever ask for or imagine.
Choose the best. Bear His fruit!
1. What is He asking you to do right now?
2. Are you doing it?
3. What is one step you can take to follow His lead in the next 20 minutes?