2 Thessalonians 1September 19, 2014
Philippians 4:13 – We Can Through ChristSeptember 21, 2014
5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.
Here’s a question for you based on this verse. Does Jesus bear the fruit in your life? No. YOU bear fruit in your life. When you’re connected into the Vine, the life-source for the fruit, you’ll automatically bear fruit. Being connected into the Vine—Jesus of course is absolutely necessary. You’ve never seen a branch cut off from the tree produce anything have you? It can’t because it is no longer connected to the vine or tree that supplies life-giving sap. You also don’t see a tree struggling and grunting to bear fruit on its own either. It needs to be connected to the life source in order to produce fruit.
Jesus made it pretty clear in this verse that when you allow Him to live BIG in you and you rest in Him (His finished work on the Cross), fruit will be evident. You can’t stop a tree from producing fruit. That’s what it is called to do, and it does it effortlessly. Many times believers focus too heavily on having to bear fruit and you might even hear some grunting and groaning as they attempt to do it in their own strength. But real fruit is the product of a life grounded in the completed work of Jesus, His blessings and grace.
When Jesus is in you, you’ll bear fruit. Others will see the peace you carry and maintain through storms and trials. They’ll see the joy that bubbles up inside and flows outward even in the midst of sorrow. Stay in Jesus, fully grounded and rooted in Him and others will see the fruit and get hungry for some.
Without Jesus active in your life, you won’t have life to offer to others. It’s all because of Jesus, and when you walk strong in Him, in His Word, in His love and grace, fruit will be evident without thinking about it. He’s begun a good work in you, and He will bring it about to completion. Stay connected and you’ll bear fruit to His glory and honor.