Topic: Picture of Fruitfulness – from Deeper Christian Life Ministry DCLM Daily Manna by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi | Date: Friday 20th July 2018.
Key Verse: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Bible Text: John 15:1-8 – DCLM Daily Manna 20th July 2018
Message: The grape vine is endowed with innate ability for profuse reproduction. A single vine bears many bunches of grapes. In the Old Testament, these high-yielding grapes were presented as the imagery of Israel’s fruitfulness in doing God’s work. The passover meal comprises of the fruit of the vine as the symbol of God’s abundance to His people.
Jesus spoke of Himself being the True Vine and the Father as the Husbandman with His followers as the branches who must bear fruit. He explained an important point: the Father will only be pleased with the disciple who remains and bears fruit in Christ. Such Christians must have a steady relationship with Christ. They must experience regular visitation from God to be fit for increased productivity all-year-round.
As the Lord puts it, “every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”. God is concerned that we possess the fruit of the Spirit.
The two virtues – soulwinning and a lifestyle displaying noble Christian character – cannot be separated as we wait for the Second Coming of the Saviour. We cannot claim to seek the kingdom of God and be bereft of the spirit of evangelism and the fruit of the Spirit. Yet, there is a caveat: you may claim to be Christ’s follower.
The real test is to win souls and reflect Christ’s glory and holiness in your life. Failure to meet these conditions would lead to separation from God. If you fulfil the requirements, the Lord demands more from you. He assures us that our human limitations notwithstanding, He will work on us to strengthen us.
Thought for the Day: Count on Christ to claim the crown.