“What fruit?” If you’re not sure then you better pay attention to this passage. It nailed me this morning.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 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 15:1, 2
Have you ever heard the saying, “We can’t judge people but we can be fruit inspectors”? Yeah, it’s a little cheesy, but true. Today, God is challenging us to take a look at our fruit, or lack thereof. Jesus was saying that those who call themselves Christians but produce no fruit for the Kingdom of God aren’t really Christians at all. In the end, God will cast them aside just like a good vinedresser does to branches that give no grapes.
But look at the ones that do produce fruit. These are the ones who truly possess Christ. They produce fruit for the Kingdom. What does God do for them? He prunes them! Thus we see two things in the life of every authentic follower of Christ.
We see fruit. Ministry. Service. Sacrifice. People led to Christ. Discipleship. Worship.
We also see pruning: discipline and guidance. Read Hebrews 12:3-11. Children of God will be disciplined by God. Pruned to remove sin and those things that desire the world and hinder our fruit production. But also given the Spirit to help us follow, serve, worship, minister, and grow closer to Him. Pruning isn’t bad. It’s good. Even when it hurts. And what’s the purpose of this pruning? “…that it may bear more fruit.”
So, how’s your fruit? Honestly, I think mine is lacking. Oh God, as scary as it sounds, prune me that I may bear more fruit.