“And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.” (1 Cor. 8:2-3)
“For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 9:2)
It does not matter if we think we are something, about our successes, or the kingdoms we may have established here on this earth. All that matters is the fruit born of what He has done through us while on this earth. It is irrelevant that we would call ourselves disciplers, if there are no disciples left in our wakes. It is irrelevant we would think we walk in the Spirit, if others do not testify to us doing so. It matters not we think we’ve been “doing ministry,” if there are none to witness to the power of that ministry in their lives.
“For the tree is known by its fruit” (Matt. 12:33) is the only lens through which God views whether or not He truly knew us. It transcends grace, and determines judgment, because it is the only possible true litmus test. If the Spirit is truly alive in us, then we will bear fruit. That “He who abides in Me, and I in Him, he bears much fruit” (John 15:5), is not an option. Therefore, the man driven by the Spirit will relentlessly, tirelessly, and consistently be driven to the only “seal of our apostleship,” which is how others are affected by his life. Who would stand before God to testify to our apostleship? We are deceived if we think we are apostles, and that answer is “No one.”