“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”-John 15:8
What did Jesus mean by fruit bearing? One common evangelical understanding is that to bear fruit means to win converts for Christ, but if that were true, would the converts then be fruit or branches? It seems more accurate that bearing fruit has to do with developing the character of Jesus. When we look at the context surrounding verse 15:8, love is primary. First and foremost, Jesus called us to grow in love by pouring into others and seeking to be his hands, feet, and heart. Fruitful people grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (see Gal 5:22-23).
Jesus, I want to bring glory to the Father by how I live, but every day, I fall short. Help me to become more like you, day by day. Amen.