John 15:8 NKJV
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
The process of discipleship cannot be complete without reproduction. God is glorified when we bear much fruit. Jesus said that if we follow him, he will make us fishers of men, that’s a guarantee.
If that is so, who are you and I following if we are not fishers of men?
The great commission is about fishing for men and getting them grounded and reproductive in God’s kingdom. Jesus reproduced himself in his disciples, and they did the same with others until the gospel got to us hundreds of years later.
We are to go out and evangelize, win souls and make them disciples of Jesus by teaching them to observe all that Jesus has taught us. In essence, every disciple of Jesus Christ is expected to evangelize and teach. God is expecting much fruit, the fruit of souls of men.
The other fruit and reproduction that is expected to happen in the life of a disciple is the fruit of the Spirit, becoming like Jesus. This is an internal fruit that is expressed outwardly by the way we live and respond to those around us.
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
As a disciple of Jesus, some things must change in your life, and these are not hidden things. A disciple of Jesus will love the three things that are eternal, God, his word and people. This then means that you will consistently connect with God through his word and prayer and follow through on the instructions he gives you. It also means that you will take every opportunity to tell people about him and teach others to be like him.
It is basically loving the Lord with all your heart mind and soul and loving your neighbour as yourself.
- When was the last time you shared with someone the good news of the kingdom?
- Do you have someone you are taking through the process of discipleship teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded you?
- How much of Galatians 5:22 can be seen in your life?