“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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.” John 15:4-5
My devotions this morning included John 15. I found the image of the vine and the branches to be very comforting. It reminded me that if I want to bear fruit, what I need in my life is the vine. Without God there is no fruit in my life. A branch trusts that the vine will give it all it needs, and that it will bear the fruit that is specific to the vine to which it is attached. You see? As a branch, I bear the fruit of the vine. I suppose that in a way it is my fruit — on a particular branch on a particular plot of land — but really, the fruit is totally dependent on what the branch is connected to.
As Jesus tells me, I bear fruit by abiding in Him. He does not tell me exactly what kind of fruit. And that is the point. It’s the fruit that grows by being rooted in Him. What other kind of fruit would there need to be?