Advancing Together with Global Action (No. 4)

Bearing fruit and loving others

God chose you. God chose me. If you are a Christ follower, the reality is that God drew you to Him and chose you to be His representative to the world - to show others how to abide in Him and to bear much fruit. In John 15:16, Jesus tells us, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last [or abide]. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name."

We are called by God to bear fruit, to love others, to show God's attributes, to speak truth in love, to pursue holiness, and to desire knowing more and more about God. I'm reminded of the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says, "We will abandon it all for the sake of the call." Yet many days, we barely acknowledge God, or worse, we live selfishly. Distractions are not our calling. They do not bear fruit for God. We are to do our very best to the glory of God in everything we do. We are to not allow the distractions and worries of the world to sidetrack us from what God has called us to do. This means being intentional about God's mission for you every day right where God has called you in that moment.

Think of it ... the holy, true, all-powerful creator loved you enough to send His Son as savior and then redeem you for a holy purpose (which none of us deserve). What an honor to be called by Him!

Each day, with each decision, we have a choice to honor God, honor His calling, and reflect Him or to live selfishly and squander His calling. Remain in Him and let His purposes drive your everyday decision-making. Worship Him with your life today. Put Him first and don't be afraid to "abandon it all" for the higher calling of His purpose - bearing lasting fruit for His eternal glory.

Advancing TogetherBob Smith