Bearing “fruit that shall remain” was a part of the Lord’s call! He intended for us to win souls and make disciples of all nations who will be able to carry on without us when the time comes!–To do that we must not only get them saved, but get them organized, get them together and teach them how to sustain and support and protect themselves after we’re gone!
The most lasting missionary works in the world have continued on in countries even now closed to the Gospel, where the natives were taught to carry on by themselves after the missionaries were gone!–While other Christian strongholds soon died out after the missionaries were gone for lack of strong native leadership!
If your present service for the Lord ended right now, what would be left that would last? How much would you have to show for all your years of labor? Have you taught your sheep to mature and become not only lambs, but ewes and rams who could bear fruit and carry on?–Or have you suffered so many things in vain? (Gal.3:4).