If Jesus visits you today, will He find fruit on you?
Joh 15:1-6 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If Jesus visits you today, will He find fruit on your branch?
The fruit that Jesus wants to find in each person, is the fruit of the Spirit and that we find in Gal 5:22-23
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. These things are the fruit that Jesus wants us to have in our lives.
Now you might say that you give and that shows loves. Or you might say that you have self control because you can control yourself in some areas of your life. But then we read scripture of Gal 5:16-21
Gal 5:16-21 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I read something in 2016 that said:
Dead works can even include worship, tithing, and deeds of kindness. Worship must be in spirit and truth or it is a dead work. Giving out of constraint, emotionalism, or because you are embarrassed to have the offering plate pass in front of you is a dead work. Deeds of kindness or ministry done out of obligation or to receive glory are also dead works. Any work which has no capacity to be made alive by the Spirit of God, is a dead work.
For example: Giving to the poor because you want to gain merit with God or because you want to receive or because you feel emotional about seeing someone begging for food. Giving to someone for these reasons, are dead works. When is it not dead works? When the Spirit of God have prompted you to do it. When you know for a fact, that God asked you to give money, food or clothes to the person or persons you have visited, seen begging or know off.
When Jesus visits you to find fruit, he wants to find fruit that is genuine. Love because you really love, not because you want to receive something back in return. That is from the flesh and called idolatry. You want more so you give.
Evaluate yourself today. Look at the things you do.
Are they because you expect something in return?
Look at the motives behind you deeds.
Do you really have self control, if you shows daily signs of being impatient?
If you really want to change, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and help you.
As Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. The One guiding you with His Holy Spirit.