John 15:8 - Producing Fruit to the Glory of God.

John 15:8 (NIV) This is to my Father's 
glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves 
to be my disciples.  

John 15:8 (AMP) When you bear (produce) much 
fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you 
show and prove yourselves to be true followers of 


When a vine produces "much fruit," God is 
glorified, for daily he sent the sunshine and rain to 
make the crops grow, and constantly he nurtured 
each tiny plant and prepared it to blossom. What 
a moment of glory for the Lord of the harvest 
when the harvest is brought into the barns, 
mature and ready for use! He made it all happen! 
This farming analogy shows how God is glorified 
when people come into a right relationship with 
him and begin to "produce much fruit" in their 
lives. [Life Application SB] 


   When you use the gifts God has given you, 
its an act of worship. 
   What makes God smile? Some people think 
God only smiles when youre praying, singing 
praises, or going to church. The truth is, God smiles 
when you use the gifts hes given you.  
   When youre doing what you were wired 
and shaped to do, its like God says, 
Thats so cool! I created them to do that! 
   When Eric Liddell, a devout Christian, 
represented Great Britain in track events during the 
1924 Olympics, he said, God made me fast. And 
when I run, I feel His pleasure.  
   God shaped some people to run. He shaped 
others to race bikes or surf. Theyre just good 
at it. I think when God looks at them, he says, 
That is so cool! I made the wave. I made the 
surfer. This is cool.  
   You dont have to always be doing 
something spiritual to bring God glory. Any time 
youre using Gods gifts for his glory, its 
   But God has given specific spiritual 
gifts too. Hes gifted some people for teaching 
the Bible, while others make a big difference 
serving behind the scenes. Some people are great 
evangelists while others help fellow Christians hear 
Gods voice more clearly. 
   The Bible says, My Father is glorified 
and honored by this, when you bear much fruit 
(John 15:8 AMP). When you use your gifts 
correctly, God gets the glory. And you certainly 
cant please God with gifts you dont have. God 
doesnt expect you to be talented or gifted at 
everything. He just wants you to worship him by using 
what hes given you.  
   In the Bible, the words joy and 
gift actually come from the same Greek word. When 
you use your spiritual gifts, it brings joy to 
God, and it brings joy to you.  
   Its like God says, Youre doing 
what I created you to do. And you say, This 
feels good!  
   The best feeling comes from using your 
gifts for Gods purpose, knowing youre 
worshiping God by doing what he made you to do. It is 
the greatest thrill in the world! [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Service to God includes personal 
ministry. By personal effort we are to co-operate with 
Him for the saving of the world. Christs 
commission, Go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature, is spoken to every one 
of His followers. (Mark 16:15.) All who are 
ordained unto the life of Christ are ordained to work 
for the salvation of their fellow men. Their 
hearts will throb in unison with the heart of 
Christ. The same longing for souls that He has felt 
will be manifest in them. Not all can fill the 
same place in the work, but there is a place and 
a work for all. 
   In ancient times, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 
Moses with his meekness and wisdom, and Joshua 
with his varied capabilities, were all enlisted 
in Gods service. The music of Miriam, the 
courage and piety of Deborah, the filial affection 
of Ruth, the obedience and faithfulness of 
Samuel, the stern fidelity of Elijah, the softening, 
subduing influence of Elisha"all were needed. So 
now all upon whom Gods blessing has been 
bestowed are to respond by actual service; every gift 
is to be employed for the advancement of His 
kingdom and the glory of His name. COL300-301 

When we live by faith in the Son of God, the 
fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not 
one will be missing. So there may be an 
apparent connection with Christ without a real union 
with Him by faith. A profession of religion 
places men in the church, but the character and 
conduct show whether they are in connection with 
Christ. DA676 [Remnant SB] 

As with fruit, so with believers; spiritual 
growth is a process. [Andrews SB] 

   Spiritual fruit doesnt grow overnight. 
You dont go into your backyard, pull up a 
chair in front of your peach tree, and then wait 
for the peaches to grow. (You could, but you 
wouldnt see anything.) However, if you were to set 
up a camera with time-lapse photography, you 
would see dramatic growth over a period of time. 
   Jesus said, By this My Father is 
glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My 
disciples (John 15:8 NKJV). If you are truly a 
disciple of Jesus, then you will have spiritual fruit 
in your life. That means results. It means 
evidence. One of the first things we do as Christians 
is produce what Jesus called fruits worthy 
of repentance (Matthew 3:8 NKJV). 
   For example, maybe your friend says, 
Lets go get a drink after work. 
   I dont do that anymore.
   What? You dont do that anymore? 
Whats wrong with you? 
   It isnt whats wrong with me; 
its whats right with me, you say. 
Christ has come into my life. 
   People know you by the fruit of your 
repentance. You stopped doing some things and started 
doing godly things instead. That intrigues them 
and also perplexes them. As disciples of Jesus, 
we should be known by our repentance. 
   A change in your conduct is spiritual 
fruit. Galatians 5:22"23 says, the fruit of 
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, 
self-control (NKJV). 
   Giving praise and thanks to God is a way 
of bearing fruit. We are told in Hebrews 13:15, 
By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice 
of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our 
lips, giving thanks to His name (NKJV). When we 
sing praises to God, that is bringing forth 
   Can people see spiritual fruit in your 
life? [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   Our lives are not given to us for us to 
waste them. God desires that we bear good fruit on 
a regular basis. Doing good, being creative, 
helping others, accomplishing goals, and other such 
things gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and I 
must admit that it feels really good. On the 
other hand, when I waste a day doing nothing, 
feeling sorry for myself, being angry or lazy, that 
doesn't feel good. 
   I am not suggesting that we need to spend 
all of our time working, but we should be 
productive on a regular basis. Praying for others as we 
go about our day is productive. Being friendly 
and encouraging others is a simple way to bear 
good fruit. Yesterday I went to the hospital to 
visit my mother, and when I got there a young 
woman was in her room administering a heart test. 
She had lovely skin and hair and a beautiful 
smile. She was also very kind. Instead of just 
thinking these things, I told her that she was really 
pretty. The look on her face let me know that she 
didn't hear it nearly often enough and that it made 
her feel really good. 
   It is easy to focus on people's flaws and 
totally miss the good things about them, but we 
don't have to be like that if we purpose to bear 
good fruit by making a big deal out of each good 
thing we notice about people. You and I have the 
power to make someone else's day awesome by being 
God's voice and letting them hear through us the 
good things He sees in them. Make today and every 
day a special day by bearing good fruit that 
will honor God. 
   Father, I love You very much. I want to 
bear good fruit and I need Your help in this, as 
I do in everything else in my life. I lean and 
rely on You to help me see various ways that I 
can make this day and every day fruitful! [My 
Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 


John 13:34, 35 - The Distinguishing Mark of 
a Christian. 


John 8:31, 32 - True Freedom is in A 
Relationship with Christ! 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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