➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 3What’s It For? Jesus told His disciples that He wanted them to remain in Him: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (John 15:5 NIV). He went on to state two primary purposes for bearing fruit:
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 31. To glorify God:“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear muchfruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John15:8 NIV).What is at the center of an apple or orange? Seedsthat can bring about more apples and oranges.Jesus is like the seed. He is what enables us to befruitful. When others see Jesus through the fruits ofHis Spirit in your life, this brings glory to God andpoints people to Jesus, which will bring about thefruit of others receiving Jesus and wanting to beclose to Him.
➥ POWER UP 3 DEVOTIONAL2. For your joy:“I have told you this so that my joy may bein you and that your joy may be complete”(John 15:11 NIV).Fruit isn’t only meant for fruit baskets, still-life oil paintings, or even just for the seedsthat will be used to plant another crop offruit. Fruit is also meant to be eaten andenjoyed. Jesus’ Spirit in our lives is meantto bring us joy. The joy Jesus gives iseternal and everlasting, and springs from theknowledge of Jesus’ redeeming love for us.