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Abiding in the Vine

Bearing Fruit for Jesus

Genesis 1 gives the assignment to be productive. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (v. 28). Adam and Eve were to be fruitful, have fruitful children, and extend fruitfulness throughout creation. The Old Testament continues the metaphor of fruit to describe people who love, serve and live for God.

grape vine

Bearing fruit

New Testament believers are also told to bear fruit, which requires abiding in Jesus.

John 15:1-5

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

The true vine

Jesus’ departure was coming closer and His disciples would no longer be with Him physically. In one of His farewell discourses they are told about a new way to be with Him, a fruit-bearing kind of connection.

Jesus states, “I am the true vine.” The quality of fruit depends on the vine that produces it. When a person is attached to Jesus, their fruit will be of superior quality.

The vinedresser

The relationship between the believer and God is similar to the vine and the vinedresser. He cultivates and tends to the vine, seeking to produce a maximum yield.

God desires for to you experience an abundant yield of fruit; to develop fully the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. (Galatians 5: 22-23)

The Vinedresser, God, is seeking to clear obstacles that hinder the life-giving flow of His Spirit through the vine, rendering it useless; things such as pride, selfishness, materialism, and unwholesome thoughts. If something makes you inactive or unproductive, the Lord addresses it out of love.

Abiding in Jesus

Abiding is the necessary prerequisite of fruitfulness. Continued production depends on constant union with the Source of good fruit.

“Apart from me you can do nothing.” Apart from Jesus the meaning of life cannot be found. Apart from Jesus there is no hope for the future. Apart from Jesus nothing of significance is accomplished.

I can do all things

Counter this with the words of Paul,

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13).

For your life to be significant and filled with purpose you must abide in Him.

The challenge

Daily be with Jesus! Abide means “to remain.” Remain in His presence, meditate on His Word, linger in prayer and worship, and ponder on the thoughts of Christ.

Listen to my podcast message “Abiding.” The podcast gives practical ways to abide in Jesus.

How do you take time to abide in Jesus? Share your comments below.

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