Sunday, May 7, 2017

Why is fruit bearing so important?

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2

When we carefully read John 15 we discover that the Lord desires productivity from the life of every one who is attached to Him. Why is this productivity so important?

First, bearing fruit is a mark of genuine faith. Some Christians bear fruit, some bear more fruit and others much fruit, but all should bear fruit! Fruit is the evidence that we belong to the Vine and it is the natural and normal result of being attach to Him. In Matthew 7:15-20 the Lord Jesus spoke of knowing individual by the fruit they bear, the same is true of each one of us. People will know that we are attached to the Lord when we bear the fruit of love toward one another (Jn. 13:35). 

It can also be said that fruit is the measure of our walk with the Lord. John 15 is all about abiding, in the apostle John uses the word abide about 43 times throughout the gospel of John, and 1 & 2 John. It is used as a command and a warning, as an invitation to a deeper love relationship, as an assurance and an exhortation to godly living. To abide is to obey, to continue on, or to stay close to. 

Fruit bearing is important because it is the motivation behind God's training in our lives. Hebrews 12:5-11 reminds us that whom the Father loves He discplines or trains. As the Vine dresser lifts the branch up off of the earth in order to clean the branch (15:2). He also prunes the branch, cutting out that which is hindering the branch from being fruitful. The vinedresser is never closer to the branch then when He is pruning it! When the Father prunes (disciplines) us it is not to hurt us but to help us be more fruitful for His glory! 

Fruit bearing is also the method of touching the lives of others. It is always first for the Father, but other benefit from the sweet fruitfulness of a life attached to the Vine as we see in Psalm 1:3 "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."

Lastly, fruitfulness is important because it is the manifestation of Christ to this lost world, "you shall bear witness..." (Jn. 15:27). The Lord Jesus reminds us that "By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit…" (Jn. 15:8). This cannot happen if we are not abiding in the Vine, because earlier He said "without me you can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5). Tim Hadley Sr.

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