Day 5 Read: John 15:8
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Reflect: What is proven through the fruit we bear as Jesus’ disciples?
Consider: The primary task of the disciple is to glorify Jesus (cf. 17:10; 21:19), who glorifies the Father. This bearing of fruit, therefore, not only indicates that the followers are true disciples (mathētai) of Jesus but also that God is glorified in their discipleship.5
Respond: Consider Galatians 5:22-23. This fruit of the spirit Paul lists is often identified as the fruit Jesus talks about, but we cannot overlook the fruit that results from the planting of seeds of the Gospel. Consider the work of the early church documented through the book of Acts. Spend some time over the next few days skimming the book and make note of fruit produced by Jesus’ followers.
5 Gerald L. Borchert, John 12–21, vol. 25B, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002), 146.