One of the greatest depictions of the importance in being closely connected with Christ was demonstrated through his explanation of him being the True Vine. John 15:1-7 includes so many nuggets of wisdom as it relates to us bearing fruit in this world. The truth is many in life bear fruit, but only good fruit is produced by those closely connected to God. One might argue the tangible things and success some non-believers have is a reflection of good fruit, but I ask you this, is that considered good fruit in God’s eyes or the world’s?
Good fruit will always further the kingdom mandate God has. It will always bring glory to God, who he is, and what he stands for. There is a sense of longevity of fruit that is carried out by those who have aligned themselves to Christ.
In our desire to succeed in life, we must understand that apart from Christ true success is unachievable. Christ states very specifically again in verse 5 that he is the vine and we as believers are the branches that are to bear good fruit.
Furthermore, our close connection with Christ helps us to align our will with his will. In verse 7, he makes a promise that what we ask will be done, but we must not miss the condition provided. He says that IF we abide in him and his word abides in us, then we can ask what we will. He says it in this order because he knows that if we ask with him and his word in our hearts then we will ask for things according to his will and not amiss.
Today, read John 15:1-7 and meditate on what Christ being the True Vine looks like in your life. I can say personally that I know what it’s like to live a life where Christ is not the true vine. Everything I attempted to do on my own ended up being counterproductive. I would accomplish things with a sense of frustration or I would accomplish things and still feel as if nothing significant was achieved. With Christ as our True Vine there is a special grace, pace, strength, guidance, and wisdom that is birthed through the process of abiding in him and he in us. Allow God to be the True Vine of your life and you, too, will see what it truly means to bear good fruit.