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Michael Beck

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8)

Politics is strange. Those in power don’t wish to appear ineffectual. They want to show they can “get things done.” Why? Because that is often what keeps them in power. So many people don’t even bother to closely investigate what was done; they simply believe the boasts of those who claim to have had success.

One day all our works will be brought under the scrutiny of the only Judge who matters. Despite how much we did, or how good our works appeared in the sight of men, God Himself will render His verdict. What did we do with the life He gave us? Where and on what did we spend our time, our energy, our resources? In the end, only He will determine whether our works were good or bad; and whether our tenure on earth was a success or a failure.

Simply doing a lot is often seen as the measure of success. Martha was a doer. No one would call her a “pew-sitter.” She stayed hard at work; but in God’s eyes she was too distracted by her “much serving” to do the “one thing” that was “needful.” What is that “good” work which should precede all other works? Martha’s sister Mary, the very one she complained of, was commended by Jesus. “… Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)

Before we must give an account to our Lord at the judgment seat, let us hear His admonition now. He wants us first to sit at His feet and learn of Him. Before we speak, we must hear. Before we run, we must be sent. The prophets of old were called to stand in the counsel of the Lord. We are called to sit at His feet.

Don’t concern yourself with much doing. Be concerned with bearing much fruit. That can only happen as you abide in the Vine.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.