There are many references to fruit throughout the Bible. In the Garden of Eden, the first man and first woman were told not to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Then God told them to be fruitful and multiply.
Paul tells us about the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
And John 15 is about being fruitful. Jesus says, "I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener." We must stay attached to Jesus, the vine. Then God, the gardener, will tend to us and prune us to bear fruit.
There are four types of fruit bearing categories in John 15, and all of us fit into one of those categories.
- No fruit
- More fruit
- Abiding fruit (or fruit that remains)
Identify which category you are in today; then aspire to move to the next level. Keep in mind that a vine that bears no fruit is worthless. It withers and should be thrown away or picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. (John 15:6)
Being fruitful is a true sign of our service to God. By our fruit we will be recognized as laborers of the harvest. (Matthew 7:20)
"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." (John 15:2)