My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-17 (NIV)
That is exactly what I want to do. What do you want to do? I want to go and bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Why is that? What is your motivation for wanting to serve me? You made yourself known to me. You sought me ought. You rescued me from a life without you. You laid down your life for me. You forgave my sins. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. You chose me from out of the world. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You now call me your friend. I now love you because you first loved me. Could there be any greater motivation for me to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength? Could anything give me a greater desire to go and do what you ask of me? I don’t think so. My heart is filled with joy and gladness. You have given my life hope and meaning and purpose. It is my utmost and highest desire to be used by you. I am at your service. I want to know and do your will. I am ready to love others just like you loved me. I am ready to serve like you served and give like you gave. Point me in the right direction. Give me your assignment. Put me to work. That is a very good request. That is an excellent prayer. Yes, I will use you. Yes, I will give you an assignment. Yes, I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. My hand will guide you. My favor will rest on you. I will help you to know and do my will. I will guard and guide the course of your life. I will use to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for choosing me. It is my desire to lay down my life for others. I want my life to be a powerful demonstration of your love in the darkness of this world. Help me to know and do your will. Help me to bear abundant fruit that will last for all eternity. Amen
Key Question… What assignment has the Lord given you to do so you can bear fruit for Him?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to make you able to bear abundant and lasting fruit for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will make you able to bear abundant and lasting fruit for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has made you able to bear fruit for Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you go and do what the Lord asks of you.
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