Summary: If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. - John 15:6 When we look at trees and plants we see fruit. The fruit does not always look like a big red ap ..
If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. - John 15:6
When we look at trees and plants we see fruit. The fruit does not always look like a big red apple! Many trees produce seeds that are in all different shapes and sizes. What amazing variety the Lord indeed has in His creation. If a tree does not produce seed (fruit) it will never replicate itself in the world and eventually all those trees would die off. Our Lord is teaching a lesson that He desires to see seed and fruit in our life so that we can reproduce disciples and see others follow the ways of the Lord. If our tree is barren with no fruit then we are no connected to the source, Jesus Christ.
The life of Jesus Christ in us by the Holy Spirit will produce the fruit that God desires. We can never see others become disciples if we are not disciples first. We cannot see the fruits of the Spirit in others if God is not bearing them in us. Who wants to follow us if we are un-loving, un-kind, angry, critical, having no self-control. Rather our lives should have much fruit of God’s Spirit in it: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Gentleness, etc. Apart from Him we can try and manufacture these fruits through self-effort but in the end we will run out of steam and hurt others including ourselves. Commit yourself again to the Lord. Speak to Him. Allow His life to flow through you to others. You will never be the same.