Bearing Fruit

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just 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. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." John 15:1-8 (NRSV)

A few weeks ago, Meliana Santoso's pastor preached about the fruitful tree of John 15. "Even when the tree bears much fruit, it never enjoys any of it," the pastor said. "The fruit is produced to be enjoyed by other living things, human or animal, that eat from the tree." Meliana really likes fruit, especially grapes, melons, apples, and oranges. But after hearing this sermon, whenever Meliana eats fruit, she remembers the fruitful tree and savors the taste even more.

In a similar way, God wants our lives to bear much fruit so we can be a blessing to others. To be fruitful, we must always remain in Jesus. "Remain in me," Jesus said, "as I also 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."

We remain in Jesus by reading and meditating on God's word each day and putting it into practice. When we bear much fruit, we can be a blessing to others. When we become a blessing to others, we bring glory to God.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to remain in you and your love so that we can bear much fruit. May we be a blessing to others and glorify your name, in Jesus' name, amen.

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