Jan 17, 2012

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How Do I Bear Fruit?

How Do I Bear Fruit?

“4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  5 I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.  8 This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:4-8

What is the relationship between a vine and its branches?

The vine nourishes and gives the branches what they need to thrive.

How does the relationship between the vine and branch affect fruitfulness?

If a branch is separated from the vine, it withers and is thrown away.  Branches that remain connected to the vine bear much fruit.

What does this passage teach about your relationship with Jesus?

This passage teaches me that I must stay connected to Jesus to bear fruit.  He is the vine and I am the branch.

Do you want to have a fruitful life?  According to this passage what must you do to accomplish this objective?

I do wish to bear fruit.  I have found that I accomplish much more for God’s kingdom when I am connected to Him intimately.  As with any relationship that has any depth, time must be invested.  To stay connected to God’s vine, we must be in His word daily.  I noticed over the holidays that I wasn’t doing much bible reading and I faltered in some aspects in my walk with Christ.  To help me stay in the word I recently bought a devotional.  It covers a small snippet of scripture daily.  Just enough to keep you connected to God’s righteous vine.  Stay in the vine my friends!!!

 

  1. A friend and I discussed this same verse tonight while we were going through a bible study together. I loved the simplicity of the message…we (the branch) need Jesus (the vine) to bear fruit and without the vine we can do nothing of any real value. we NEED the vine, the vine does not NEED the branch.

  2. Sounds simple. Read your bible every day. Simple things that can make huge impacts in life. Like – breath regularly and you’ll live longer. Simple. I like simple. However, I’ve felt the distance from God that results from not reading the Word everyday. It’s not like I set out to achieve that feeling, it just kind of happens every now and then. Why?
    In Matthew 4 it says:
    4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
    When the devil was tempting Jesus it was after a 40 day fast. Think about that – 40 days! How many of us have fasted 40 hours? The first thing he is hit with is the thought of food. Like he wasn’t already pretty focused on that.. Here’s the thing, He chose to make a point. He says that we aren’t to live on bread alone, but “..on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” We need the Word to live as God created us to live. It’s that simple. It’s not multiple choice – Read the Word or die, period. Now you probably won’t die in the physical sense, but your relationship with God will suffer significantly. The other point here is that when Jesus faced some of the stiffest temptation in His life, he quoted the Word to defeat temptation. Without knowing the Word, we can’t use the same defense. We can’t know the Word if we don’t read it. If it was good enough for Jesus to use, I think it might serve me pretty well too. Don’t you think?
    ps – “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers is an amazing devotional. My daily walks with God most often start with this book. Highly recommend it.

  3. Sometimes I feel undeserving calling myself a Christian…I mean, how ignorant can I be? As a Christian, I say that I believe in God’s word…but that’s a lie. Remember the ol’ “Actions speak louder than words” phrase. If I truly believed that the Bible was true and that God was going to fulfill His promises, don’t you think I would start living my life accordingly?

    For example, Jesus says in verse 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” and in verse 7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you”.

    Can He make it any more clear?…I can do NOTHING apart from Jesus…NOTHING. If I truly believe God’s words, why do I keep trying to do in on my own? I really think that it’s because I don’t truly believes God’s word and his promises.

    Why don’t I trust Him? How stupid can I be? I trust the weatherman almost on a daily basis: He says it’s going to rain, I take an umbrella to work. It’s going to be warm and sunny, it’s a short sleeve day. How many times have you left your umbrella at home just to find out the weatherman was wrong and you end up walking home in the rain? Why do I put my trust in a guy who is wrong 50% of the time, but I can’t believe the Creator of the Universe, the God I worship on a daily basis when he tells me I can’t do anything without Him. I’m going to be Honest…I’m tired of lying to myself. I’m tired of saying I trust God, only to live life on my own, saying, “I got it”…I don’t “got it”, I’m tired of walking home in the rain…

    • Justin,

      Thanks for sharing. I went through that same logic about a year ago. “Do I truly believe what I say I believe?” Many critical decisions in our lives will impacted by the answer to that very question . . .

  4. Marcus Haynes says:

    What is the fruit’s You Bear?

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