“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 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. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:9-16)
When Jesus was on earth, He had many people to interact with. Some of them were impacted in a HUGE way by Him, while others were not.
Why weren’t they? Because they would not let themselves be!
They wouldn’t believe the miraculous power over nature, the miraculous power over disease, or the miraculous power of the devil.
They would not believe the powerful teaching, the new perspective or the unique approach to God.
They simply ‘Would Not’ let themselves be moved to faith.
Sometimes there are people like that which we cannot reach. As my mother always said, ‘There are none so blind as those who Will Not see.’
Others, however, were impacted in Major ways by Jesus.
His teaching, His example, His love, His power…all of it combined into a compelling ‘force’ upon them, and they were irreversibly changed.
Now in the passage above, Jesus is nearing the end of His time on earth, and He wants to give His closest friends a few last words.
THESE are the things that they’ll remember most fondly. THESE last words and instructions that will stay with them after He’s gone.
So, as His last words, what are some of the things He says?
First, to love each other–as He has loved them (fully and unconditionally).
Second, that they can have JOY! Real JOY can be theirs, despite the fact that He is leaving.
Third, that they are His friends…true friends, and that He wants them to know fully what is going on–How the Father is working, and how THEY can carry on the Father’s Work.
THIS is the job that He was giving them–to carry on!
It’s the same message He’s giving us.
He wants us to ‘carry on’. He wants us to keep up the Father’s work.
He wants us to “bear fruit; Fruit that will last., ”
What kind of ‘fruit’ is that?
I think it’s fruit that will continue to re-seed itself and to spread.
The fruit of the Gospel…the fruit of faith…the fruit of sharing our story with others, so that THEY can come to know Him.
When we do this, we join in His work and keep it going.
Truth is, we all ‘invest’ ourselves in many things, most of which will not last longer than we do.
When we ‘invest’ in the Good news about Jesus, we are investing ourselves in things that will last–for eternity!
What are YOU investing in?
Will Your ‘Fruit’ last?