- “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit” (John 15:8).
“Glory” is one of those terms that suffers from unclear, and perhaps overuse. As such, the true idea it conveys is lost on many believers. In other environments, such as athletics or performing arts, glory is the attention one gets for their excellence. But glory, when applied to the One who truly deserves it, is probably more accurately defined as the demonstration that He is indeed with us. When we glorify God, we demonstrate His presence–we act like Him, thus proving He is truly in us. That’s the idea Jesus conveys here. When we bear fruit, we do so to bring glory to God–to reveal Him and His purposes all around us. It’s almost as though He is hidden in every room until someone acts or loves in such a way that He can be seen by all. Just as Jesus showed us the Father by His words and actions, so we must pursue that same purpose. So why do we remain in Christ and seek to bear fruit? For the glory of the Father!