Memorise John 15:5
“…being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Some Christians doubt their salvation because they did not feel or witness anything spectacular. There were neither visions nor miracles of any kind and neither did their lives change instantaneously. In the parable of the soils, God’s Word was likened to seeds while the ground represented the hearts of man. Some seeds fell on stony ground, others among thorns, and none of these showed real growths, implying that there was no salvation. There was, however, one type of ground that did bear fruit. The seed flourished into a tree and fruit was produced; some 100, others 60 and 30 fold.
The parable teaches that in the life of one who is truly saved, there will certainly be fruit. These are changes in one’s life brought about by the Holy Spirit working in the soul of the believer. These are fruits that only a soul that is made alive can produce. For example the believer should now have an understanding and love for God’s Word, whereby he should echo the words of the Psalmist when he says God’s Word is sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103). Another fruit is a changed life; one that is now inclined towards obeying God’s Word and abandoning his old sinful ways.There is also now a love for God’s people and a burden for the unsaved. There is also a desire to serve the Lord in any capacity as He calls us to. Even simple joy and peace in the heart can be one of the fruits of salvation (Galatians 5:22).
We should note though, that the amount of fruit can vary among individual believers. For instance, some have a greater understanding of God’s Word than others, but it does not mean then that the one with poorer understanding is not saved. In time, that understanding will grow with God’s help. So for some, spiritual fruit may appear few or weak, but there has to be at least some sign of fruit, for no fruit means no salvation.
Dear teen, is there fruit in your life? Do you find yourself reading the Bible more? Do you have a concern for those who are lost and can never go to heaven? Do spend some time examining yourself. For the past month or so, have you read your Bible consistently? How we thank God if your spiritual life and understanding is growing little by little each day.
Thought: What can slow the growth of a Christian?
Prayer: Lord, help me bear more fruit for Thee as I seek to obey You more.