In this generation it seems as though the only sermons we hear about are how to improve self, your destiny, and life success. While we all wish to live successful peaceful lives, when it comes to the Gospel we are told the hard Truth.
What Jesus Christ taught may shock us because His teachings and commandments have nothing to do with Self, rather the dying to it! Jesus said “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)
We are that corn of wheat. If we don’t die to our own will we will not bear fruit. Fruits according to God’s Word represent the result of obeying and following God’s Spirit. The result is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control (Gal 5:22-23). God’s word also says “every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:10). So we see then the importance of bearing fruit.
Christ is looking for fruit in our lives. He said “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain—so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.” (John 15:16)
There’s a precious promise of dying to self to do God’s Will. He’ll give you whatever you ask the Father in His name. Whatever you ask will God will do it because you have produce fruit (John 15:16). Just make sure you ask correctly and not for something to consume in your lust (James 4:3) I have found myself that the most effect prayers is when I pray for other Christians going through rough times or a lost person. God listens and acts quickly.
How do I do God’s Will?
Jesus left us an example of how to conduct ourselves here on earth but the first thing any person should do is Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God for the remission of sins. “This is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20). Repent from your sins, turn and believe Jesus’ blood is able to wash you from all your sins.
After we have believed in Jesus we are commanded to abide in Him. Jesus said “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4).
Doing good works won’t get us saved but if we truly believe in Jesus His Spirit abides (remains) in us and will continue to remain in us if we fill our hearts with His word, seek Him in prayer, obey His commandments, and believe daily in Jesus. Then He will operate through us to do His good will in our lives. When we believe in the Son we will Act like the Son.
The characteristics of God’s will look very much like the life of Jesus. We see Him reaching out to the poor and outcast. We see Him praying for those that have been rejected by society. And we see Jesus teaching others through parables that revolve around compassion and restoration. When He healed a sick person He told them “Don’t tell anyone who healed you.”
A deep truth is found here and it is that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15 the words of Jesus) This is true so why are many preaching about the gaining of possessions as if that were to make your life any better?
God is looking for Fruit and Fruit that will last! We got to remain in Him daily, seek His Kingdom and righteousness first then we will be blessed with the things that we need and with actual blessings that can not be brought with money such as Joy and Peace. If we don’t die to self then we will never bear good remaining fruit and without fruit it shows we never truly believed in Jesus Christ. If we love God then we will love others (1 John 4:7-8). God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16) Amen.