May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works – he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. Psalm 104:31-32
In the 15th chapter of John’s Gospel, John records a beautiful teaching of Christ regarding the vine and the branches. Christ lovingly explains to his disciples that they must bear fruit in their lives. However, if they are going to bear fruit, they must remain in Christ and Christ must remain in them. After telling the disciples this, Christ proclaims this precious passage, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:8).”
Bearing fruit, doing good works, serving the Lord, displaying the fruit of the Spirit, living a godly life, obeying God’s commands, and loving the Father and His Son are but a few of the things that bring glory to God. Today’s Psalm passage declares that the glory of the Lord endures forever and He rejoices in His works. As I read the passages from the Psalms and John’s Gospel this morning, I came to understand that the glory of the Lord endures in part because of our Christian actions here on earth. You see, good works, when done with Christ like love and compassion in our hearts, bring joy and glory to the Lord.
Perhaps you struggle with doing good works because of the daily demands of dementia, the difficult circumstances you face, or the struggles brought on by some other serious illness. But Scripture reminds us that anyone can bear good fruit if they remain in Christ. No matter what our circumstances may be, if we remain in Christ and Christ remains in us, not only will we bear fruit, but we will bear much fruit!
How can this be true when experiencing dire circumstances or illnesses? Simply put, the perfect power of Christ that flows through the believer who has a living union with Christ overshadows the dire situations so good fruit is still produced. I have seen earthly evidence of this in the lives of true believers who continued to bear much fruit in the face of insurmountable odds and devastating illnesses.
You see, Scripture offers no byes on bearing fruit because of difficult circumstances! So let us bear fruit today as we remain in Christ and Christ remains in us. Christ is counting on us. May His glory endure forever!