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Disciples Fruit (1)“My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” John 15:8

Did you know that when faced with the decision of taking a penny a day doubled every day for a month versus taking a million dollars in cash, that it would be more profitable to take the penny a day doubled every day for a month?  If you did the math, the penny a day doubled every day for a month would come to $5, 368,709.12.

Why is it so much more? The answer is known by every banker and investor, it’s the power of multiplication.  Jesus understood the power of multiplication as He trained His disciples to make disciples who would make disciples.  Within 2 years, His twelve disciples filled Jerusalem with their teaching (see Acts 5:28). In 4 years, the churches were multiplying and growing throughout all Judea, Samaria, and Galilee (see Acts 9:31). Within 19 years, they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). And within 30 years, the gospel was bearing fruit and growing around the world (see Col. 1:6). Jesus’ disciples unleashed a movement of multiplication that continues even today to sweep around the globe and reach every people group on the planet.

When it comes to bearing fruit as a disciple of Jesus Christ there are two important things we must understand.  First, that God expects a person to begin to bear fruit that brings Him glory beginning at the moment of conversion.  Our lives must prove to a people who watching that we truly belong to Jesus.

Secondly, we must understand what spiritual fruit is if we are to measure it in our lives.  The Scriptures teach us that there are basically three categories of fruitfulness in a believers life.  Galatians 5:22-23 describe a character fruit that we are to bear.  At the moment of conversion the Holy Spirit comes to live in and through the believer transforming that person into the likeness of Jesus from the inside out.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)  The longer you walk with Christ, the more you are transformed by the Spirit to look more and more like Him.

Philippians 1:11 also describes spiritual fruit known as conduct fruit.  “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)  A follower of Jesus is called to be different from everyone else and when you love God and love people, choose integrity and honesty, lead with compassion, serve with humility, and give generously, you are reflecting Jesus to the people around you.

A third category of spiritual fruit is known as conversion fruit, leading others to faith in Christ.  Jesus often spoke of people coming to faith as the reaping of a spiritual harvest. Jesus said, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few” (Matt. 9:37; see also Luke 10:2 and John 4:35-38).  When you share the gospel with a person far from God and they come to faith in Jesus, you are bearing spiritual fruit. When you invest in a person – just as Jesus invested in His disciples – and you teach him or her to walk with God and invest in others, you are producing lasting spiritual fruit.

For three and half years Jesus poured His life into His disciples, teaching them how to preach the gospel, minister to the hurting, and make disciples who make disciples.  Disciple making is a decision. No one will make you invest in others. It’s a choice you have to make and the real question is, “Will I obey the command of Jesus found in Matthew 28:18-20?”  If you choose to obey then you know to look for that character fruit, conduct fruit, but most of all that conversion fruit.  Decide today to glorify God by investing in people, making disciples who make disciples.


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