John 15:8 “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Be honest with yourself for a second. Who gets the glory when you accomplish something in your life? If I were honest with myself, I would have to say that all too often I seek the affirmation and attention for my accomplishments.  I want someone to notice what I’ve done. I want to hear someone say, “Good job!”.

If I can’t bear fruit without the Vine, how can I rightfully take any credit for the fruit in my life? I am just a vessel for His goodness to flow through. Nothing good and lasting happens without Him. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” Jam. 1:17

It brings glory to God when we bear fruit. His name is lifted high in praise as our life overflows with lasting fruit. When God is exalted and given the credit for everything good, it is contagious. It spreads everywhere we go filling our thoughts, flooding our conversation, mingling with our every action. That is how it is supposed to be. But when I steal the praise that is rightfully His, it stops with me. There’s no multiplication. There’s no abundance. I gobble it all up. What an empty void I leave when I seek my own praise.

When I look at life through the Word of God, it is always so amazingly clear how good and perfect God’s ways are, how much higher they are than my own ways. God is so awesome and everything good comes from Him. Glory to God Most High!