One of the most exciting things about studying the Bible is realizing how all parts of the Bible work together. John 15 is perhaps my favorite chapter in the Bible. I love the imagery and directions for Christian living; and this passage directly relates to other favorite passages in Scripture.
On the night Jesus was betrayed, He gave us the allegory of the Vine and the Branches. In this chapter Jesus explains that His Disciples (and us) are to bear fruit, and how we are to bear that fruit–by remaining in Him
The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
So what is the fruit we are to bear? Paul tells us in Galatians 5:23-24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Let’s not stop there. Where and when are we to bear this fruit? Psalm 1 tells us that when we meditate on God day and night we are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Trees don’t relocate. They bloom, and yield fruit, where they are planted. So it is with us. We are to bear fruit right where we are. Never underestimate your location or your position. You can bear much fruit right where you are.
Blessings on your day.
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