Fruit that Remains
The earth produced vegetation; seed-bearing plants according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that is was good.
The created order presents us with the first picture of discipleship; a process described so succinctly by Paul as he admonished the Corinthian church to 'imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.' (1 Cor. 11:1) Nature shows that the pattern has already been shaped and the process set in motion. All that is required of us is to follow the Divine order set down from the beginning. We are not called to form some new and original creation. We are the new creation in Christ.
"Remain in Me," Jesus tells us, "and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me...My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples." John 15:4;8
Our production of this everlasting fruit will come as a natural result of our own growth. We must simply echo Christ's call of "come, follow Me."
Let this be the goal of each new day: to diligently remain in Christ so that we may produce eternal fruit after our kind.