John 15, is an extraordinarily “Fruitful” Chapter that literally describes the abundant Christian life. The abundant Christian life is that life that bears much fruit for The Kingdom of God.
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;” (Jn. 15:2a).
Bearing fruit is of utmost importance in our walk with almighty God, as we are known by own fruit. Our fruit can be of the good variety or of the bad variety. We are always bearing fruit of one type or the other.
Abiding in The Vine, Jesus Christ, produces good fruit, but abiding with the world brings forth bad fruit. Matthew 7:19, “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20, Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
Our identity as Christians is recognized by our fruit: Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
As our old man is dying; then the life of Christ is increasing, and His Presence is manifest in all that we think, say and do. Then we will be able to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God, as we reflect the image of Jesus Christ.
Bearing fruit must first come in and through our lives, hearts and minds, and then as we abide in our Lord Jesus Christ; He will draw all men, women and children to Himself. Bearing fruit is not anything that “we” can do in our own power, any more than an apple tree can work hard to produce apples.
The ultimate goal is to enter into God’s rest, where you put your total trust in God almighty, His Son Jesus Christ, and you are led by The Holy Spirit. The Word of God, praise, prayer and worship keep us in His loving arms, and then we will bear much fruit for His Kingdom, honor and glory. Amen and amen.