Sunday, August 24, 2014

Everlasting Fruit and Everlasting Friends

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"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends , for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  This is my command:  Love each other."  John 15: 13 - 17

Today we are talking about Everlasting Fruit & Friends.   

"Bearing fruit and fruit that will last."  It is almost harvest time and I am reminded of a wonderful pear tree that was just overflowing with perfect pears - so many that they couldn't all be harvested.  I was proud of this tree and I wanted to make sure that this tree stayed healthy and fruitful - making sure that it had plenty of water and the proper nutrients.  It is the same way with us - God provides us with all of the necessities to produce & live a fruitful life.  When we are fruitful we can ask the Father for "whatever" in His name.  Now remember - (this is very important)- asking must be in harmony with Christ's nature.  God's nature and God's will should be our desire. 

These verses also talk about love.  Love is not just a command but Love is an essential character to being a Christian.  Christ's love is for everyone.  We are filled with Jesus' love and and the proof of this comes from living a fruitful life.

This "Greater love" that Jesus is talking about is of course the cross.  Jesus gave up his life and died on the cross for us - This is our salvation.  There is no greater love than this!

The meaning of friend is: "a person whom one knows, likes and trusts."  Just think about what friends can share - even secrets.  We went from servants (in the Old Testament) to friends (in the New Testament). 

"For everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."  It is interesting that Jesus used the word "everything."  He did not just share the most important points with us or a few pieces of information but Jesus has shared everything that He learned from God.  This is knowledge - knowing the Master's business.  Jesus learned from his Father and taught us everything.

Lord help us to focus on producing "Everlasting Fruit" and being an "Everlasting Friend"

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