“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
John 15:1-2 NLT
As Jesus teaches us about being the true vine, He deals with two main themes—reproduction and relationship. To have reproduction, we must have a relationship.
The purpose of Jesus being the vine is so that those who remain connected to Him will produce fruit. What is this fruit we are to be producing?
There are indications from the New Testament that we are to bear the fruit of winning others to Christ (Romans 1:13). Then there is the fruit of holiness and obedience (Romans 6:22). Paul even calls giving a fruit (Romans 15:28). But the fruit I believe best fits the picture of this passage in John is the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
These nine words describe for us the character of Jesus. When we are properly attached to Jesus, the visible fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control should be evident in our lives.
Fruit is always visible—there is no such thing as invisible fruit. The problem is we don’t often like what we see as the fruit of our lives. The fruit reveals the tree from which it came. An apple tree produces apples. An orange tree produces oranges.
If the fruit in our lives is not matching the fruit of the Spirit, then perhaps we aren’t connected to the right tree. If we constantly have issues of anger and quarreling, then we aren’t connected to Jesus as our vine. Anger and quarreling do not come from Jesus. If we have lust and sexual immorality as a fruit of our lives, then we aren’t connected fully to Jesus because that fruit does not come from Jesus. If we have greed, selfishness, and materialism as the fruit of our lives then we aren’t fully connected to Jesus because that is not the fruit that comes from Jesus.
If you want to know what tree you are connected to, just take a personal survey of what fruit others see in your life. How would they describe you? What marks your life? Does it line up with the fruit of the Spirit?
Holy Spirit, help me to be honest with myself. Help me to look at my fruit and see where I am not properly connected to Jesus. Help me reconnect in every area of my life to Jesus.
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