“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” (John 15:16-17)
It was odd to have a hostess leave a party for quite this long and I wondered where on earth my friend, Terri had gone. She arrived a half hour later with a bowl overflowing with dark, black grapes freshly picked and washed. They were indescribable. There is just something about straight from the garden that cannot be duplicated. Fresh fruit is especially refreshing!
Jesus commanded us as his followers to bear fruit. Commanded. And, because some of us can be a little dull, he spelled it out for us—when we are obedient to this command, the result is that we will love one another.
Wow, ladies. Can I hear a collective ouch? Yes, yes we love our friends. And we love our families. But, what about the new ladies who walk into our churches hurting and perhaps somewhat unlovely? The ones who arrive smelling a bit like the world. Do we open up our hearts and lives to them? Or is our fruit fouler than their unwashed bodies? If we don’t love indiscriminately, we aren’t producing.
He has chosen us to bear fruit. When we are obedient to His calling on our lives, love abounds. How crazy is that? He knows our pasts, our filthy hearts and yet he sees something that He desires to use us for. You may even know what that special calling is but you’re afraid that you lack something. Awesome. In your weakness He is made strong. Don’t rest on what you did for Him ten years ago—he wants and commands fresh fruit. Step out in faith today and bring refreshment to those around you.