Meditation: John 15:13-16

 

13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give to you.

 

Life on earth is something that is treasured by most humans far above anything else. To think of voluntarily dying for someone, especially a non-family member is almost unimaginable. Christ offered us the greatest kind of love when He died on the cross as a sinless man to take the sin of the world upon Himself.

Over and over again in the Bible, Christ talks about the importance of keeping His commands. He says in verse 14 that He is our friend if we keep His commandments. This raises a question: what is the case if I do not do whatever Christ commands? When Christians disregard the commands of Christ and live a self-centered, self-seeking lifestyle, are they considered enemies of Christ? Wow, that is a challenging thought.

How humbling it is, that the ruler of the universe calls us His friend! We, as humans have done nothing of our own strength to deserve this privilege. Jesus says that He has made all things known to us that God has shown to Him. How often do Christians sit around, wanting to hear from God, but are not willing to pursue an obedient, personal relationship with Christ?

            Verse 16 is the key to the Christian life. We have been chosen by Christ to bear fruit – fruit that remains! Bearing fruit is not something to be taken lightly, nor is a humanly possible thing to do. We must continually come before the Lord to seek his guidance and direction in living for Him. Jesus promises us in this verse that, “whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” When we bear fruit that remains, God will give us whatever we ask in Christ’s name. This promise is evidenced through the lives of various Christian people throughout history; one of which is George Mueller. Mueller was a man who was fully committed to God and had incredible faith. As a result, God granted his prayers and petitions.

 

By Zachary Childers