The Motivation is God’s Glory And Our Joy (vs. 8-9,11).
God’s glory. Why has God chosen this as the way for us to be disciples of Jesus? We can look back from where we have come and see that fruit bearing begins and ends with God’s work in us. He created us. He gave us life. He chose us. He rescued us from our sins by grace through faith. He has established us for bearing fruit.
God has designed it this way so that he alone would get the glory. We don’t split Christians into certain classes. We don’t give more credence to those who memorize the most verses, give the most money, evangelize to the most people, or feed the most poor. We rejoice together in seeing each other grow in godliness by giving praise to God. He alone holds the glory for any fruit that comes about because we are abiding in Christ and trusting in him to work through us.
Furthermore, this is our Father that is getting the glory. He is not a distant, far away force that yells at us when we screw up. He is a near and loving God that gave his Son to die so that we could abide in Him. Jesus is our older brother and when we abide in his Word we are being changed into his likeness. We are not becoming him, but becoming more like him.
Our joy. This is the kicker. When we abide in Christ through his Word, it does not end with God getting the glory, although that would be enough. God promises to give us fullness of joy (think happiness, satisfaction, delight, pleasure, enjoyment). Our fullness of joy can only come from the one who created us.
This fullness of joy is not found in money, sex, drugs, pornography, our job, our cars, our house, watching television and movies, Facebooking on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, vacations, promotions, iPads, smart phones, exquisite dinners and fine wines. These things compete for our joy.
The supreme and fullest joy we can ever experience is in Jesus Christ, so may we abide in his Word this year.