John 15:16 KJV “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”.
There are 2 things that the Master instructs for us to do as His disciples:
a) to bring forth rich and excellent fruits
b) those fruits remain.
When a farmer plants a seed, takes time and energy to water and care for that seed, he expects that fruits would be born and that those rich and excellent fruits will remain till he is ready to harvest them. The farmer will therefore be disappointed when the fruit falls to the ground before the harvest season without ripening or becomes plagued with diseases or pests, while still on the plant.
Brethren, it is not enough to bear fruits. Not only do the quality of your fruits matter, those fruits must remain till harvest time. Your fruits will only remain if you take preventive care to avoid that plant from being attacked by the pests and diseases of fear, doubt and worry. When these take a hold of the plant, they come to choke every life-force out of it to prevent healthy fruits from growing and from the fruit remaining – they are very parasitic. This is what Jesus meant in, Matthew 13:22 MSG “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.” When this happens to a branch, it is very disappointing because you expect much to come out of it and to do much with the fruits born but at the end, you yield little to no harvest.
Therefore, as you see your fruits budding, prune the fear, doubt and worry which come to stifle the growth of your fruit. Prune them off with the Word – drive the word deeper by your confession. Spend more time in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Those are your insecticides and pesticides to keep those parasites away. Your fruits matter – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The Master expects rich and excellent fruits which remain, from you