Bearing Much Fruit

  • John 15:1-2, 4-5, 7 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful… 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.” “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…. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
  • John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
  • Matthew 7:16-18 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
  • Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

Luke 3:8 tells us to “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Salvation has given us so much that we should live to honor all that Christ did for us. Our lives should reflect His love, His kindness, His gentleness, His patience, His joy, His peace, etc. Our words and actions need to reflect that we have been with Jesus. James 2:26: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

How to bear much fruit:
  1. Obey the Lord’s command to love your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. As you do, you’ll begin to look like Jesus and you’ll do much for the Father. (See topics Love God With All Your Heart, Your Soul, Your Mind, Your Strength.)
  2. Act on Jesus’ command stated in Mark 16:17-18: “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues… they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Love your neighbors by serving them, praying for them, taking authority over sickness and disease, delivering them from satanic oppression, etc.
  3. Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in all you say and do. Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
  4. Be salt and light to those you encounter.
  5. Let your words honor God. Let your body honor Him – no addiction, no sexual immorality, etc.

Call to action:
Think of ways to bear more fruit in your life. Commit to one or two actions to bear more fruit. You will be known as a disciple of Jesus.