“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.”
– John 15:5
If we are in the Lord, His fruit will be produced in and through us. This is the evidence of God in the world – our new nature made visible in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control. If you love Jesus, you know the desire deep within to express your love for Him and produce even greater fruit.
The trick is to focus on Jesus, not the fruit. It’s so easy to obsess over this. From a spirit of genuinely wanting to do more for God and be better at loving others, there’s a human tendency to fuss over how fruitful we are. In a sense, it’s like trying to be both the branch and the gardener. We tend to forget that Jesus is the vine and God is the gardener.
According to this illustration of the Vine and branches, our work is to remain in Him. Jesus tells us we can trust Him as our life source, and we can trust God to mature us. What a beautiful relationship we have with our All-mighty Creator!
We must prayerfully remember who God is to us, individually, intimately. He gave us the desire for Himself so that we remain in an intimate relationship. By its nature, our desire continually presses deeper and deeper into Him, fully giving over self to Him, to love Him and receive His love.
The love of Jesus will produce fruit in and through us. The love of God will mature us to glorify Himself through us. Count on it.
Will you pray with us?
Lord Jesus, Abba Father, thank you! I praise you for being my all-in-all, my source of life. I thank you for the fruit that you produce in and through me. Lord, I lay down my life again today and give you my whole self. I ask, in the name of Jesus, that you would cause me to hunger and thirst for you even more so that our relationship would be even more loving and so you would glorify yourself through me even more. Thank you for being you! I love you, Jesus. Amen.