In John 12 Jesus parallels our faith with that of a seed. If a single seed remains sitting on the counter or in the package, then that is all it is. In a similar way, if we just believe in God then that is all our faith is: just belief.
When the seed is placed in the soil though, it can produce much more. But in order to produce a crop, the seed itself must die and grow into a plant. The old is gone and the new goes on to produce a crop. In a similar way, our old self must be given up so that our new self can grow to live our life for Christ instead of for self.
If we are willing to set aside self and to live for and with Christ, we too can bear much ‘fruit.’ And here too Jesus gives insight. He tells the disciples and us that whoever serves Him, must follow Him. Whoever follows must go where He goes.
Here Jesus is calling us past belief. He is calling us to action: follow, serve, go. In order to bear fruit in our lives, it requires us to put God and others ahead of ourselves. This means we cannot ask “Go where?” or “Now?” or “With whom?” Jesus ministered to anyone, anywhere, anytime. If we are to follow, we must do the same.
Scripture reference: John 12: 20-26