The Soul of an Apprentice
What does it mean to be a disciple? A disciple follows a master, with the purpose of becoming a master himself. In the kitchen, an apprentice pays close attention to the master wanting to learn everything the master knows. The same is true of the disciples of Jesus.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 NIV
What does it meant to bear fruit?
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matt 7:15-20 NIV
In the kitchen, the professionals are known for their ability to cook good food, and the apprentices are recognized for their ability to imitate their masters. Similarly, the disciples of Jesus are known for their good works, which is the fruit they bear because they follow the Master and imitate him.
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