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Daily reading: 11th August 2015

John 15.7-8 cont.

7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will happen for you. 

8 This is the way My Father is glorified: that you should produce a lot of fruit and that you should become My disciples.

Having a purpose in life is good for us, because it focuses our attention.

When I was in my last year at school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life. I came from a family that had a history of working on the railway; my grandfather had been an engine driver, and my father was a relief signalman. Therefore, I drifted into joining British Railways as a junior porter.

At the time I was not born again, although I attended church three times every Sunday.

It was only later, having received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, that I received His calling on my life to serve Him in ministry.

The truth is that every believer has a God given purpose, and it is to glorify the Father.

We live in a culture where we are encouraged to seek our own career, do our own thing, to please ourselves in and through whatever we do in life. Our culture is one where what we want is most important to us.

However, this is alien to the ways of Jesus. His way for us is to glorify our Heavenly Father. Whatever we do in life our main purpose and calling is to bring the highest honour to God.

Jesus said:

[15] Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. [16] In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father – Matthew 5.15-16 (NLT).

In the Upper Room Jesus informs us that our good deeds are the fruit we are producing. As we have seen this is spiritual fruit, it is a life dedicated to doing the Father’s will. It also involves us becoming the disciples of Jesus.

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