“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing . . . By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”—John 15:5-8 (NKJV)
God brings glory to Himself in many ways. Creation, beauty, and nature reveal His majesty and power (Romans 1:20). He made the earth and it exists to praise Him.
And yet, mountains and oceans weren’t made in His image, we were. Think about that. Out of all the beautiful things in the world, we were made in His reflection. The Bible says, for God’s own namesake (glory), He blots out our transgressions and forgets our sins, and He is glorified (Isaiah 43:25). He displays His glory through His love toward us. We display His glory as we abide in His love and it is there that we bear fruit.
God is glorified by the work He does in and through us as we abide in Christ. Apart from knowing Jesus, we bear no fruit, because apart from Jesus, we are dead in our sin. Apart from Jesus, we are barren branches. But the results of knowing Jesus—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—testify of God’s character and bring honor to Himself. He displays His love for humanity, that while we were sinning against Him, Jesus died on the cross to make us holy. He is proven as we abide in Him day by day, because it’s there in His presence we are transformed into His likeness. We are then a living story of God’s faithfulness; we change.
In Christ, we are alive; we’re no longer slaves to our sin, our fear, or ourselves anymore. We become children of God. Children who love to do what pleases their Father.
The Message translation of today’s verse puts it like this, “I am the Vine, you are the branches . . . This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” The world will see that God is who He says He is through the fruit He produces in us as we draw near to Him. Great things are accomplished when we abide in Jesus.
DIG: What has God produced in you that brings glory to Himself?
DISCOVER: Pray and ask God, “Do You love me?” “How do I abide in You?” “What do You have for me to do?” Listen to what He has to say.
DISPLAY: Share with a friend a testimony of God’s faithfulness and what He’s done in or through you.
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