“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
So there are 2 types of people:
- Those who bear fruit
- Those who don’t
Further, there are 2 types of people, those who are seeds that just don’t grow and those whose seeds show growth but don’t produce fruit like they should.
Here’s an illustration:
Before a farmer plants a seed or seeds, he begins to clean out the soil, removing all the weeds and ensuring anything that could be harmful to his seed is removed and then he adds nutrient-rich fertilizers and then he sows.
How does this apply to us as humans?
Okay, so we as human beings need to clean out our soil before we expect any fruit to be birthed through us. By soil, I mean our hearts. We need to ensure that our hearts are cleaned from any unrighteousness and sin and anything that could prevent our fruit bearing.
How do we clean our soil (hearts)?
You see, Jesus’ main purpose for coming on Earth was to save us from ourselves, by ourselves I mean our sinful nature and reconcile us with God. So the only way that we can ensure our hearts are cleaned from sin and unrighteousness is by repenting and receiving the forgiveness from Jesus. You see because of the freewill that we recieve from God, no one can force you to clean your heart, you have to be willing. If you don’t ask for God’s/ Jesus’ forgiveness, we will not be fully forgiven and our hearts won’t be fully cleaned equalling to no fruit being produced through us. Just like the seed that is thrown on rocky/ dry ground, it won’t taste any growth and that is what it is like with us if we cannot repent and let Jesus be our nutrient-rich fertilizer and nutrient-rich soil.
But wait, there is the other type of fruitlessness that occurs and that happens when a seed is planted and it grows but the fruit is not being produced by tree. This type is like the fig tree in Luke 13:6-9 which was growing but every year, nothing came from it. No fruit at all. Similar to us, we may say that have ensured full forgiveness and may seem like we are growing but when we meant to be manifesting fruit, we aren’t.
The reason for our fruitlessnes is because we are probably not properly taking care of our tree. What I mean is have you been feeding yourself with the Word of God? Have you been spending time in prayer? With God? Worshiping God? In faith? Are we doing our best to live a Christ-like life? You and I can’t expect fruit to grow if we are only half maintaining our tree. It’s like planting in a desert and occasionally watering a plant and expecting it to come up with fruit. From where boo? How so?
You see, if we only occasionally spend time with God, occasionally read the Word, pray, worship, live like Christ, we won’t bear fruit, we’ll just experience some sort of growth. As well as if we don’t fully repent, we can’t expect fruit to be produced with half clean soil, we can’t give birth to the fruit of the Spirit if we only half surrender to God. We can’t live half Christ-like and half sinful lives and expect fruit from that?? Not gonna happen, sorry.
So how to ensure we become seeds that grow and bear fruit too.
no, not the sparkling wine.
Maintenance. Consistency. Care.
- Resist temptation
- Read the Word
- Spend time with God.
- Establish a Relationship with God.
- Study the Word, Pray, Trust in God, Keep your faith EVERYDAY
- No matter what life brings you, keep consistent in your walk with God. Fix your eyes continuously on God.
- Proverbs 4:23, “..Guard your heart..”
- Protect your heart from being tempted to sin, from feeling so much pain that you forget who God is.
Now, what fruit are we required to produce?
I’m going to keep in simple, the fruit of The Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.
Galations 5: 22-23
Now I’m going to briefly describe them all with a verse:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31 NIV
If you begin to see yourself loving God with everything that is you, you will begin realise you are becoming fruitful as well as when you see yourself loving others as you love yourself, even better, the way Jesus loves us.
Also read: Ephesians 5:2 and Colossians 3:14-17
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV
You see through the expriencing of Joy even when you don’t see him but because you know him and love Him, you become fruitful. Notice how love appears again.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 NIV
We cannot consider ourselves fruitful if we are unable to live in peace with one another .
Also read: Colossians 3:15
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 NIV
Remember those who wait upon on Lord, shall mount up on wings like eagles, their strength will be renewed.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12 NIV
Notice how some of the fruits are mentioned.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 NIV
Again notice how love has been mentioned.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4:5 NIV
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV
Its the continuous relationship building with God that we do that produces the fruit.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
Read proverbs 18:21
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Romans 12:9-16 NIV