Jesus tells us in John 15:5 that he is the true vine, the One who will bear good fruit to his Father’s glory and the true source of life for believers. He likens us to the branches that are attached to the vine. A branch must stay firmly attached to the vine drawing strength, nourishment, protection, and energy to stay alive. If it is broken off, it dies and becomes unfruitful.
We must stay firmly connected to Christ to remain spiritually productive. When we neglect our spiritual life, ignore the Word of God, and neglect prayer, we are like a branch broken off the vine. Our lives become fruitless. We must be closely connected to Christ, as the branches are connected to the vine, to bear the fruit that glorifies the Lord. Our desire to know and serve him will remain strong and steady if we keep close constant communication with him.
John 15:5: “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.”
How is Jesus the Vine?
Every life in the created world came through Jesus and the life of God’s kingdom flows out of him as well. John 1:3: “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
How can we stay connected to the vine, and maintain a relationship with Jesus Christ?
By reading the Bible and obeying his Word. We must also spend time in prayer with our Father in heaven. Colossians 4:2: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
How do we bear fruit for God?
By abiding in, dwelling with, and attaching ourselves to Christ, we enable his life to flow in and through us. Then we bear fruit by our godly deeds and actions that will honor the Father. John 15:16: “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.”
What does abide mean in reference to Jesus?
It is an intimate, personal relationship which Jesus desires between himself and us. John 15:9: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
Help me have the actions, words, and wisdom to bear good fruit. I cannot create good fruit on my own. I pray you guide and teach me to abide in Christ enabling me to produce lasting fruit that glorifies you.
In Jesus’ name,