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Stars

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

When David wrote that Psalm, was he reflecting on his nights watching over sheep? Did he remember the intensity of the night sky while being chased by King Saul? Was he in his regal palace in Jerusalem, looking at the sky, and awed by how infinitesimal his majesty was compared to the heavens above?

Psalm 8 directed people to worship God because of His word, and was pointing  to the coming of our Creator in human flesh (Hebrews 2:6-9). Jesus, our Great God and Savior, who spoke the stars into existence, was made “a little lower than the angels” during His incarnation. The Creator of the stars, gazing at the same stars David wrote about, while He prepared lay down His life for us.

Today, we too can look up at those stars and reflect upon Him who created all things, took on human flesh, died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin, and ascended into heaven until He comes to gather us to Himself. Let us, therefore, declare with David, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

What does it mean to “bear fruit?”

In John 15, Jesus and the 11 disciples (Judas having already left to betray Jesus) are gathered in the upper room partaking of the Passover feast. Jesus explained,

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Also, in verse 5:

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

To bear fruit, according to the context, is to hear the words of Christ and act accordingly. Therefore, as a believer in Jesus, you should be be aware that salvation is through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and be aware of what He teaches is the way a believer should live.

Some of Jesus’ teaching is obvious, don’t lust (Matthew 5:28, 29), don’t lie (Matthew 19:28), don’t murder (Matthew 5:22), and don’t reject Him (John 5:39, 40). However, He came to give life. As He told the Jewish people, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” There is more to bearing fruit than just doing good works or not sinning, as bearing fruit should be a lifestyle for a believer.

The abundant life is the fruitful life of following Jesus! This is summed up in John 15:7, 8:

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Live your life as a follower (what disciple means) of Jesus, and in doing so, bear much fruit.