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Fruit: What a Christian life is all about

Fruit: What a Christian life is all about

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The Journal of Biblical Accuracy
http://www.jba.gr/
Fruit: What a Christian life is all about
What is the Christian life all about? It is all about knowing God and His
Son Jesus Christ and bringing forth fruit. In John\u2019s gospel, Jesus said:
John 15:16
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you
should go and bear fruit, andthat your fruit should remain, that
whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.\u201d
Also Paul said in Romans 7:4 :

\u201cTherefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another\u2013 to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.\u201d

In the parable of the sower Jesus speaks about four categories of those that hear the Word. In the second and the third category were those ones that became unfruitful, while in the last one, in the commendable one, is the one \u201cwho hears the Word and understand it who indeed bears fruit

and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
(Matthew 13:23).

What God therefore intended for Christians was not just to believe but not change. To just be the same kind of tree or to give the same kind of fruit they were giving before. Our fruitfulness does matter to God. Let me repeat this: it is not God\u2019s intention that you just flow through life. God created you a unique creature, He gifted YOU, yes you, uniquely, and he commissioned you to do one thing: to go forth and bring fruit. We will soon see how this is done,

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but keep this in mind. God has gifted each and every child of Him, from the youngest to the oldest, from the poorest to the richest, from the illiterate to the most educated, He has gifted them uniquely and desires from them to bear much fruit. Here is what the Lord said, again in John 15:

John 15:8
\u201cBy this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit;\u201d
and John 15:1-2
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.\u2026.everybranch that
bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.\u201d

The Father rejoices when His children produce fruit. See that He takes special care to prune, to cleanse, those that bring fruit so that they bring more! The Father does not want to just have vine branches \u2026 He wants to have fruitful branches, no, ABOUNDANTLY fruitful branches, branches that give fruit to their full potential. Today many Christians are sitting idle in the sidelines, waiting for somebody else to \u201crun the show\u201d for them. A \u201cprofessional\u201d, as they are not\u2026 \u201cprofessionals\u201d. But Peter and the others - most of them fishermen - of the first century were not \u201cprofessionals\u201d in this sense. They didn\u2019t graduate from any seminary nor did they need to! The only degree they had was the one in fishing! There are others again that though they have believed, you can really see no change in their life. But Christian life without change, Christian life without fruit is an oxymoron. And I don\u2019t mean with this that passionate Christians with zeal for God and His Word do not make mistakes. They do! But passionate Christians deny the call of the masses, that says \u201cfollow the flow\u2026 it is enough to go on Sundays to church building, sit in a pew, sing songs and hear sermons, then go back home and forget about it till next Sunday\u201d. Passionate Christians do not compromise. They do not settle for less. They look to God and they want to grow in Him. They want to get closer and closer to Him and His Son. They want to manifest Christ as much as possible in their lives. Passionate Christians have passion for fruit and vision for Christ. And the news is that God wantsyo u to be one of them. To be A PASSIONATE CHRISTIAN, or to say it differently, a Christian

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with passion for God. A warm one, not a lukewarm one (Revelation 3:15). To be a fruitful branch, blossoming and giving fruit in its full potential. This is what the Christian life is all about.

Fruit: What is it?

Putting it simply I would say that fruit is a changed life, a Christ centred life, a life where we have died to ourselves so that Christ will live through us (Galatians 2:19-20). A life that seeks to satisfy God rather than self or people. A life whose central theme, focus and priority is God. Let\u2019s see what the Scripture says:

Galatians 5:22-25

\u201cBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self\u2013control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ\u2019s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.\u201d

By spirit here is meant the new man, Christ in us. Living according to the new man we produce the above given fruit, the character the new man, Christ, has. And in Ephesians 2:10 we read:

Ephesians 2:10
\u201cFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.\u201d

God has already prepared the good works in which we should walk; He has already gifted each one us uniquely, like a tree planted and destined to make fruit. All that we have to do is to walk in what God has already prepared. Doing this is destined to please the Father and bring forth fruit. Also I Peter 4:7-11 tells us:

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