Living Branches Bear Fruit – John 15:2

By Tammy Burke

Do you ever think about the fruit of your life?

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2 ESV

Notice how both of these activities are painful. The vinedresser is God the Father. If we get life, God works to make sure we produce fruit.

The life comes through the vine. Jesus is the vine. He is the source of life. And the life he gives lasts forever. But God also expects a return on this life. He expects it to bear fruit?

Some people think the fruit is people coming to trust in Jesus. But I think the fruit is the outcome of our lives following Jesus. As we live following him, others see that we’re different. 

For some, that is what God uses to save them. For others, God uses our obedience to him as a way to give him glory. Giving him glory means that we operate according to his will. One day, everyone will operate according to his will. Right now, while we live in the flesh, we have a chance to choose. And our choice matters.

Today, let’s choose to live like we believe God. Let’s obey him and do what he says. When we do, even in small things, God uses that. He calls it bearing fruit.

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