Today, we look at the third mark of a true disciple, according to what Jesus Himself told us. In John 15, verse 8, Jesus says very clearly: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so PROVE to be My disciples.”
Jesus gives us here a picture of the world as a vineyard, and God as the Master Gardener who plants His vineyard for one reason. He wants FRUIT, the fruit of a life filled with Jesus, a life lived in obedience to God’s purposes, and a life that is filled with the love of Christ.
But it isn't about your ability to produce fruit. It's about His work in you. He is a skillful Gardener. He is a loving Gardener. His plan for you is life.
And whether you are weak or strong, failing or thriving, walking closely with Him or struggling to see Him,
He will do whatever is necessary, whether lifting and healing, or cleansing and pruning, in order to make a way for His life to live in you in all of its fullness.