Sometimes you hear people saying they don’t need to do anything because of grace. Sure, you don’t need to earn your salvation. Yes, it is all grace. But why would grace want to make you passive? Grace invites you into a loving relationship with your Savior, and living with Jesus does not make you inactive. Instead, grace makes you fruitful.
I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples. (John 15:5-8, AMP)
God has called you to do good, he has even prepared beforehand those good deeds for you. So why on earth would grace make you passive, right? No way! Grace wants to make you more fruitful than you can even imagine.
Grace makes you fruitful
It is grace that makes you fruitful when you abide in Jesus, therefore it is not about you but about grace in you. So enjoy the ride. Enjoy living with Jesus and seeing what he wants to do with you. Then you’re really living out your faith, making the best of your days, and enjoying life with God. And that makes you fruitful whether you can see it yourself or not.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8, NLT)
So, my dear friend, celebrate the fact that you have a purpose in your life (and that is to bring glory to your heavenly father). You do that when you abide in Jesus and let the Holy Spirit work in and through you.
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (Col.1:10, NLT)
Being fruitful is the best there is, my friend. So let grace make you fruitful. Being passive is gravely overrated. But being useful and fruitful is not. Even more so in eternity. So, let us surrender to Jesus and let grace make us even more fruitful for God’s glory!
We surrender to you and your will.
Use us for your glory,
and make us more fruitful every year.
Bless us as you only can.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Be blessed, my friend. When you abide in Jesus, grace makes you fruitful. Enjoy the process, enjoy your life in Jesus. There’s no other way to make your days count from here to eternity. But this works. Be abundantly blessed in the process!