February 9, 2014
By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
We are given the promise that abiding produces much fruit. Fruit is the visible outworking of God’s work in us.
Our part is “abiding.” This seems to be a paradox, because how can we bear more fruit by working on it less, simply “abiding”? There are no steps to accomplish.
The Promise Is True Because:
1. “Abiding” produces fruit in more places.
We can “abide” wherever we go. “Abiding” expands, bearing fruit in more and more areas of our lives.
2. “Abiding” focuses on our efforts.
It narrows us. God sets the agenda, not us. There is no need to fix everything. In our morning prayer, we can listen to the Holy Spirit and align ourselves with His priorities for the day. God will show us when and where to act or not to act. Then we will bear the unique fruit that God has prepared for us to bear.
3. When we “abide,” we use God’s resources.
In “abiding,” we are not relying on our own goodness, wisdom, and strength. Our power is not in our own strategies, but in God’s way. God wants us to be dependent on Him. We must increase our “abiding” or He will prune us to bring us back. (John 15:2)
Abiding is the SOURCE of our fruit.
What is the unique fruit that God is equipping you to bear for Him?
Keep pressing into Jesus more, abiding in Him.