John 15

If I put some fruit in the fruit bowl at home and then leave it for too long, it will rot, wither, or generally go bad. However, there was some fruit that lasted for ever. Aaron’s rod that budded, blossomed and had almonds was stored up in the ark of the covenant. And even though manna was probably not a fruit, it still went off and bred worms after a day or two. However, there was also a pot of manna that lasted for ever stored up in the ark of the covenant as well.

Jesus tells us that, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should grow and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15 v 16 ESV). We need to bear fruit that abides. We are called to bear fruit that last more than a season, that, like the manna and the almond branch in the presence of God, lasts for ever.

Let us grow spirit fruit that lasts for much more than the here and now, and that will continue to last and grow even after we have moved on. And let’s ask our God what fruit it is that we should be growing and how we need to grow it.

May we be fruit bearers for God this week.

With love in our Lord,