Unless you are abiding in the Lord you cannot be His disciple. For the longest I knew a disciple to be a student, but my frame of reference has been changed forever when I listened to Dr. Christian Harfouche on the IMI Home Library share on a scripture passage that I’ve heard so many times yet now it’s so much clearer. I had to ask myself whether I’m a true disciple. I bet you have the same question.
John 15:5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
So, here are 3 qualities to check whether you are a true disciple.
- Disciples abide in the vine
- Disciples bear fruit
- Disciples get their prayers answered
Disciples abide in the vine
Well, are you abiding in the vine sometimes, or every day? The vine is in you already, just like the Kingdom is already within you. But it’s your choice to abide in the vine as the vine abides in you. The reality is that the vine has life in it, and many of us are not necessarily partaking of that life. If you don’t partake of the life in the vine you’ll be cast forth as a dead branch. So you can be a Christian and not be a true disciple.
Disciples bear fruit
What fruit are we talking about you? How often are you comparing yourself to others? There’s no comparison because we are unique. You were born for a reason and I for another. Comparing ourselves to ourselves only diminishes the glory of God in our eyes. As a disciple who’s abiding in the vine, you’ll be pruned of the things you think are so important to bear good fruit. The fruit that Jesus bore was seeing people healed, delivered and walk into true freedom. If you’re abiding in the vine, you’ll eventually be bearing the same kind of fruit.
Jesus understood that it was by abiding in the vine that He would bear fruit that glorified His Father. Are you bearing fruit? If not, this is proof that you may be on the road to being a disciple but you’ve not quite yet achieved this level with the Lord. Just because you go church doesn’t make you a disciple. This is important to understand. Disciples abide in the word and the word abides in them.
The Fruit of The Spirit
The fruit of that is produced by your spirit from the Holy Spirit will be evident if you’re abiding in the vine. Is there LOVE, JOY and PEACE in your life? There are nine gifts mentioned in Galatians 9:22, and proof that you’re in the vine is that those fruits are starting to grow in you. If you’re not walking in love, joy and peace then you need to check whether you’re abiding or simply going in and out of the vine at will. I didn’t say check whether you’re going to church or not. Are you abiding in the vine? That’s the only place that the fruit comes from. Now going to church will help you as you’ll get the opportunity to walk in love, joy and peace with your brethren (especially as they step on you, talk about you and sometimes downright stab you in the back). But what will you do in those times? Abide in the vine and bring forth fruit.
Disciples get their prayers answered
Jesus again pointed out that when you’ve been abiding in His word and His word continues to abide in you, then you will reach the place where you shall ask what you want of the Father and He’ll gladly do it for you.
This doesn’t happen until you’ve reached the place where you’ve learned to abide in the Word and the Word is abiding in you to where it’s causing you to make the right choices in your life, because the Word is now speaking to you and keeping you company to walk in righteousness.
If you are worried that you’ll ask amiss then you’re not fully abiding yet. The moment you’re abiding continually then you shall ask what you want and the Father will do it. That’s what Jesus promised in John 15:7. Look it up there.
Are You a True Disciple?
Until you’ve developed this confidence in the Word of God leading you, you don’t yet have it. It takes abiding to reach that point where whatever you ask of the Father He does it, just like He did for Jesus. You see, this is not a formula. This is a process. This Kingdom life is a relationship with the Holy Spirit sent to keep you company, bring you comfort, and counsel. Until you choose to abide in the Word, it will not happen, and you will not be deemed a disciple. You may go in and out of fellowship, but it’s this continual abiding that will yield the results of a true disciple.
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Pierre A. Laguerre
“My Focus is to help you walk in the Kingdom life daily, and to challenge, inspire and motivate you to walk in lock step with the One sent to help you.”