A Fruitful LifeBro. David Chancellor
8/30/2009 11:00 AM
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again, Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
This was after Lazarus was raised from the dead. It captured the attention of people. Some realized that he was the Christ. The Pharisees were frustrated at not being able to do anything about it.
The Greeks wanted to see Jesus. The time had come when people would seek after Jesus as the Son of God. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." The kernel of wheat doesn’t just lay there. It grows into a plant that produces fruit. By his death and resurrection, Jesus was able to bring forth much fruit. His life is still touching and changing lives today.
Jesus came and became the sacrifice for our sin to save us. If he hadn’t become our Savior, he’d just have been another philosopher. It was a much greater thing for him to die and rise again than to raise Lazarus.
"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour." We could be a wonderful person who knows God. If we live our lives without touching others, we won’t have much impact on others. We need to die out to selfish desires and live to help others. God wants our lives to bring forth fruit for him. He wants our lives to have an impact for his purpose and cause. We need to let God use our lives to touch others. Sell out your life to God and his purpose. How God uses you will vary; it won’t be the same for everyone. Dorcas sold out her life to be a help to others. She worked for the purpose and cause of God. Our lives should point people to God and lift up Christ.
Those who live for self have little impact on those around them. They’ve lost their lives. The interruptions in life may be opportunities God has given to help our lives have meaning and purpose. Do what God wants. The things that have the most impact is what you do for others. If you get wrapped up in just living, who will bear fruit for God?
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Paul was free from all. We can be free from the world. We can do what we feel like we need to do. We have to die to self to have fruit. We’re not out for acceptance, but we demand a lot of ourselves so that we can be a help to many.
Paul met with people on their level so that they could know the love of God. We have to bear some things for other people. Paul went through the purification process to keep the peace. He put himself out to be a help to others. He did it so that they would know God.
3 John 5-8
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church; whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well. Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth.
We ought to reach out and help others. We want to be "fellow helpers to the truth." We want to be there to help others through. Jesus won’t abandon us. God wants us to focus on him and on being a help to others.
2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Paul wasn’t trying to be a burden to them. He cared about them, not their stuff. Paul brought them the gospel. He was trying to provide for their goal. Are we willing to work for God until we’re worn out so that others will know him?
He spake also this parable, A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not then after that thou shalt cut it down.
What is the purpose of life if you don’t do anything with it? Is your life a waste or is it producing for God? God works with us to help us to bear fruit. Life needs to have some impact for God. Our lives should accomplish something good for God. God’s people need to have an impact on others for good, to help people to be ready to stand before God. God wants fruit from your life. Touch someone’s life.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
"And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal…" A fruitful life here will make a difference when we get to heaven in some way. We’re not earning eternal life, but we’re putting treasure over in heaven. Live a life given to God. Put yourself into his cause. Let the gospel touch lives. We want our lives to have an impact on others. Make God and helping others your first priority. The other things can be taken care of later. Touch others’ lives with the gospel.