Starting with Me

Sara Leo

READ : John 15:1-17

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my

disciples. (v. 8 NIV)

In terms of popular culture, one of the things that 2009 will certainly be remembered
for is the death of Michael Jackson. News and entertainment media went above and beyond
what was necessary to bring us every detail, speculation, and trivial anecdote about the
demise of this cultural icon. In the week following his death, Jackson’s music enjoyed a
boost in sales both online and in stores. One of the most downloaded songs on iTunes that
week was Man in the Mirror. In this song, Jackson writes that he wants to make a change in
the world. He wants to make a difference and make the world a better place. And he
realizes that in order to do this, he must start with himself: the man in the mirror. He
echoes Gandhi’s famous statement that we must “be the change we want to see in the world.”

This is not a new message. The Bible tells us this same thing. Jesus compares his
followers to vines bearing fruit. It’s a strange image, but it shows us just how important
our individual actions are. Jesus says that others will know us by the fruit we bear. If
we want the world to be characterized by love, joy, and peace, then we must start by
bearing those fruits of the Spirit ourselves. Take a look in the mirror today. What
spiritual fruit are you bearing? The change starts there.


Lord, show us the people you want us to be and motivate us to change.