He discussed no master plan, tricks, fundraising methods, building projects, spiritual laws or even Bible verses to memorize.
The entire chapter of John 15 is all about relationship—man’s greatest problem since the garden of Eden. It was in the garden of Eden that our relationship with God was broken, and ever since, all our human relationships have been in total confusion as well. These were the two things Jesus talked about with His followers.
He told them, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:5 KJV).
What Jesus is actually referring to in this chapter is their lives. He is showing them how they will be able to produce the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22–23: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
What Jesus is concentrating on here is not at all the kingdom work that you and I do, nor the work the disciples were going to do later on in the book of Acts. The fruit we will bear if we abide in Him is the fruit of a transformed life. All we do is simply the result of what we have become.
A transformed life will impact everything around it and produce eternal results, without a single struggle to make it happen. … With all the frantic activities of modern-day Christianity, it is time for us to learn that it is not the plans we make or the programs that matter most, but the simple truth of letting His life flow through us.
The countless testimonies from Asia of lives touched with His love bear evidence of believers letting Him work in and through them. Simply allowing Christ into our hearts and abiding in His Word enable us to be part of incredible things, like the stories in this newsletter. Thank you, and may the Lord bless you!
Some of this material appeared on Dr. K.P. Yohannan’s blog on November 8, 2018. You can find the entire post at kpyohannan.org/2018/11/08/jesus-master-plan-transformed-life/.