BEARING FRUIT THAT REMAINS – Ray E Horton
There are those, who, lacking a fuller revelation of God’s Word, are saved, then go about their worldly business and “eat, drink and be merry,” or sit around waiting for the rapture.
Some, with an exaggerated understanding of God’s Grace, say that He did it all, and we do nothing. It is true that we did nothing to be saved. We just received His free gift of His righteousness by the faith He put in us.
God has plans for us
Sitting and waiting was not God’s plan for us. We are valuable to Him and have purpose in life
But, sitting and waiting was not God’s plan for us. We are valuable to Him and have purpose in life. In Jer. 29:11 He says, “For I know the plans that I have for you…” In Eph. 2:10 he tells us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
He chose each of us individually and has an important purpose for which He chose us. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” (John 15:16).
We abide in Him and He in us (John 15:5), and He has empowered us with the Holy Spirit so that we can produce lasting fruit for the Kingdom. In fact, it is only through our life in union with Him that we are able to produce any lasting fruit. Our fleshly good works, no matter how well intended, will eventually rot away, like any natural fruit does.
So let us draw near, and hear His voice, and be available for Him to live and act through us so that we can bear much fruit that will be real and remain.