John 15:2 (KJV) 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John chapter 15 has been a staple for me for many years. I love verses such as: John 15:7 (KJV) 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. But this chapter is more than just encouraging. There is such clear expectation from the Father as to the life of the believer. As you will notice in the second verse of this chapter He expects fruit from us, but what kind of fruit should we expect to show up in our lives?
On the surface we know that He expects us to reach souls for Him, but is there more? I believe this chapter is showing us that as we follow Him we can expect certain things to change in us as well. Check this out.
1. EFFECTUAL PRAYER
John 15:7-8 (KJV) 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
As we “abide” in Him we can expect our prayer life to soar! He promises that if we are truly following Him we can ask and receive. I’ve often told our church family here at Victory A/G that I wish I could go back and read certain scriptures for the first time again. Before they became familiar. When I could revel in that child-like faith.
2. PERFECT LOVE
John 15:9 (KJV) 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
We can know the love of God in greater ways. We know He loves us but isn’t it wonderful when He actively expresses that love to us?
3. DIVINE JOY
John 15:11 (KJV) 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
I don’t know about you but I could use a “full” tank of joy! Jesus stated that his desire was to give us His joy. What a blessing!
So are you “abiding” in Him? Many simply “visit” with Him from time to time. Many see their service to Him as enough. He wants us to abide – to move in! Are you experiencing these characteristics in your own life? If not, why not? Let me know your thoughts.