Faith – Fellowship – Fruit
Three things God desires for each of us. Three things every disciple must pursue.
1. Faith. When Jesus was asked what work needed to be done to be acceptable to God, he answered: “This is the work of God–that you believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29). Faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ in his incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection, saves us (Ephesians 2:8-9) and makes us right with God (Romans 4:25). Have I placed my FAITH in God’s provision of eternal life through Jesus Christ? Who have I shared my FAITH with recently? Does your faith extend to giving to God?
2. Fellowship. One of the big WHY’s of Christ’s sacrifice is that God wanted a relationship and fellowship with us. He desired the fellowship of Adam and Eve in the garden restored. He wanted the relationship broken by sin reconciled (See 2 Corinthians 5:17-21). We carry on the relationship with God through prayer and devotion (Matthew 6:6). How is my FELLOWSHIP with God? How is my life of devotion with God? Am I spending time with God in prayer? Am I spending time in His Word, the Bible? Am I experiencing the peace and joy of His presence?
3. Fruit. Our Faith in and Fellowship with the Lord will produce fruit. The fruit of Godly character (see Galatians 5:22-24) and the fruit of people reached and disciples made (Matthew 28:18-20). Every person should expect fruit. Fruit is not automatic. It does require some labor on our part (Colossians 1:28-29). Jesus asked us to pray for more laborers, assuming we are laboring ourselves. What fruit do I have to offer God? Have I noticed a change in character? Who am I discipling? Who am I praying for the opportunity to share with? “My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples” John 15:8.
Faith. Fellowship. Fruit. God desires for each of us the discover the blessings of salvation by Faith, the joy of Fellowship with Him, and the reward of producing Fruit for His glory. How are you pursuing Faith, Fellowship, and Fruit-bearing in your life today?