Fruit for God’s Glory. John 15:8

Posted on February 2, 2012 by


John 15:8 “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

When thinking about fruit I generally think of it in two ways:

Internal fruit: The fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control.

External fruit: The fruit of our lives and ministry being reproduced in other disciples.

While these understandings are helpful, they are limited without thinking first of the larger context. Thinking of what fruit is is important, but not more than what fruit is for– the Glory of God!  “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit.” Fruit is first and foremost for our Father’s Glory and use, for His picking and eating alone.  Only then can we take our eyes off ourselves, and put them where they belong- the God of Glory.

In my sin I can easily see fruit as a means (proof of my Christian character) and an end (more people in the Kingdom) but often times in terms of my character and my ministry, rarely for God’s renown and Glory.

What would happen if we see saw the fruit as what God creates in us (by His Spirit) and through us (by His Grace) as being for His consumption alone?  As Rick Warren says in The Purpose Driven Life, ‘Its not about you!’ Fruit is for consuming, not for display.

Our partnership with God and His bearing fruit through us is for His pleasure and consumption.  We have all seen fruit that has been in the fruit bowl too long.  When we put fruit on display for our justification and glory, it always rots and becomes inedible, but when it brings the God who created it Glory, it is fulfilling its purpose, even as we fulfill our purpose of bringing Him Glory.

As the Westminster Confession says in its first question, What is the chief end of man? To Glorify God and Enjoy Him forever.  As John Piper says, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him!

Ask:  Am I holding onto the fruit of my life and ministry or am I giving it up daily to its rightful owner?

Apply:  How can I tell the story of God’s grace and glory in every conversation that I have?