John 15:4-5 NKJV
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
The key to fruitfulness is not effort; though effort will be necessary. The key to fruitfulness is not circumstance; though how we handle our circumstances is important. The key to fruitfulness is not our personal strength or wisdom; though each of these will be given to us to help make us more fruitful. The key to fruitfulness is for us to have our lives joined to the one, true, healthy vine — Jesus. As our lives are joined to his, as we “abide” in him and he in us, then fruitfulness happens naturally. As branches, we derive our health and productivity from the Vine. Want to live productively for God? Then let your life be joined to Jesus! Invite him in to abide in you as you draw close to abide in him.
Apart from Christ we can do nothing! This means that we cannot be productive in bearing fruit by being apart from Christ. Just like a branch that has been cut off from the vine, cannot bear fruit – neither can we. Just like the branch, we would wither and die. As we know the branch gets its nourishment from the tree or vine. We have been grafted into the vine by our faith in Jesus. It is vital to remain grafted into the vine and receive the nourishment from the vine, to grow and produce the fruit we were designed to produce. It is God’s desire for us to produce much (abundant) fruit. And we can if we abide in Christ.
Are you remaining in the vine? Is the sap of your life from Jesus Christ? Nothing else is truly life, because Jesus is life. Man tries to find life in so many other things, pleasures, wealth, human relationships, fame and a million other sources. None of them has the sap of life. Relying on them for life ends in lifelessness. Nothing of lasting value will be produced as a result.
Jesus promises that if you remain in Him, you will bear much fruit. Then He gives us a reality check. “Apart from me you can do nothing.” We can make all kinds of noise and recreational activity, but it doesn’t amount to anything. All that we do on our own, all our good works that have their source in us, all our efforts at self-righteousness, all our gathered wealth and fame will amount to nothing. Here today, gone tomorrow. Jesus wants to be the life in you that makes your life a life of eternal significance. He is after lasting fruit with eternal value. It only comes in one way, remaining in Him and He in us.
Scripture of the day: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ~ John 15:9 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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