Summary: As it is in the natural so it is in the spiritual as God created all things. Jesus uses His creation to reveal a deep spiritual truth to His disciples. That is how to bear fruit, how to love one another and how to be a disciple.
One day a young pastor said to me, ‘everyone tells me I must love. I must love God and I must love others, but no one can tell me how can I love. Please tell me how can I love?’ Jesus reveals to us the secret of success. That is how to bear fruit, how to love and how to be a disciple.
God’s love revealed in Jesus is perfected when we know and experience living in Him.
John 15:5-8 “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. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
Success in this life is to be in relationship with the living God, being transformed into the character of Jesus, empowered to love God and love one another. To ‘achieve’ success we are required to do three things.
WHAT ARE WE REQUIRED TO DO?
Let us turn our thoughts and our minds to God’s natural creation.
In the natural a healthy vine needs to drink water every day. Water is the source of life!
The vine has a main stem. From there the branches grow out. As water flows from high to low the water comes down from the sky, soaks into the ground and the vine gets its water through the roots up through the main stem to the branches. The water flows up through the main stem giving life to the branches.
As it is in he natural, so it is in the spiritual, as God created all things.
In the spiritual Jesus is the source of living water, flowing from the throne of God, from the Father, through the son to His disciples. As Jesus is the vine or the main stem and we are the branches, as we come into His presence, we receive all of His goodness.
When we receive Jesus, giving our allegiance to Him, we receive His Spirit; we have the Holy Spirit within. But to receive a refreshing, to grow and be empowered, transformed and live fruitful lives filled with His love we need to drink daily His living waters. Drinking in His presence each day receiving from Him. His presence is flowing over us, in us and through us.
Each day receiving more of His love, His joy, His, peace, His patience, His kindness, His goodness, His faithfulness, His gentleness and His self control. This is not fruit we can make or produce ourselves. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ Jesus, the Spirit of God.
It is not about changing ourselves saying I must love I must love. We cannot make ourselves love. Success is about His love. His love in us enables us to love. By the power of the Holy Spirit His love flows through us to others. Through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit we become more like Jesus.
We love God because He first loved us. We love others because His love lives in us.
When we abide in Jesus, live in the revelation Jesus’ love for us, our heart becomes filled with God’s love, more and more each day. It is then through His love we start to act towards others in love and obey His word.
SUCCESS IS KNOWN BY THE FRUIT
Jesus said in Luke 6:44 that every tree is known by its fruit. If a tree grows figs it is therefore a fig tree. A fig tree cannot grow mangoes. A mango tree cannot grow figs.
Therefore the Jesus tree produces Jesus fruit.
We are drinking from the source of the power of the living God. Remember we are branches naturally and supernaturally connected to Jesus the vine.
As we receive a full revelation of God’s love and let this Godly love flow through us, we are able to love no matter what people do to us or for us. It is by our love, which is His love in us, that the world will know we are Jesus’ disciples.
If we abide in the vine we will know the power of His love.
To receive His love is to live!
THE CONDITION OF THE HEART
In the natural a healthy vine needs to be planted in good, fertile, soft soil.
Just as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual, as God created all things.