FOR MONDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: John 15:12-17
“You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another” (John 15:16-17; The New Revised Standard Version)
“I can’t hear what you are saying because of what you are doing (or not doing)!”
This could be the complaint of a number of people whose path we cross today if we do not “go and bear fruit.”
Jesus, here, suggest a close connection between effective witness (fruit-bearing) and mutual love. Without love in our heart, the fruit of God’s Spirit will not be seen.
To bear fruit, a tree must have good roots. This might be why Peterson translates verse 17 in this way — “Remember the root command: Love one another” (The Message).
Prayer: Help me to grow more in love with others, Lord, that I might be an effective witness for you. Amen.