and in this way prove that you are my disciples.” (John 15:8, CEB)
Mapping this definition of the word fruit upon Jesus’ words, could it be that Jesus was saying that discipleship is all about producing “fruit”, that in turn produces and bears the seeds for the continuation of his Church … just like seeds of a flowering plant are the continuation of its beautiful flower into the future. I think so! For, continuing Christ’s Church, means continuing and manifesting the living presence of Christ in our world.
Well, even if Jesus had a slightly different image in mind when he used this metaphor, I think I still get his foundational meaning … that is:
Being his disciple, necessarily means,
Leading others into discipleship,
Such that we all may be fruit bearers of
His Good News of redemption, restoration, and salvation.
Can you think of a better way to glorify the one living God whose love for you exceeds description, and whose steadfast faithfulness can be counted on no matter what? And what better image of new life, made possible through the Resurrection, can there be than a seed? What an image to keep in view as we continue our journey through Lent and into the new life of Easter.
And so, may you embrace your call as a producer of fruit, and prayerfully consider inviting someone you know to the remainder of our Lenten services, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and definitely Easter Sunday worship. Just imagine the beautiful flower you may make possible to bloom.
May this be a most fruitful Easter season for you and all who are part of your life.
Blessings … Pastor Bob