The purpose of an apple tree is to bear apples. The purpose of a cherry tree is to bear cherries. The purpose of a grapevine is to bear grapes. Christians are also expected to bear fruit: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), and to win souls (John 15:16). Here, Jesus says he is the vine and believers are the branches. Thus, the secret to our bearing fruit is to staying attached to the vine. Jesus’ point is that we are totally dependent upon him. just as we could not become God’s children through our own efforts but only through faith in Christ, so, too, we cannot bear fruit by wishing and hoping for it or by working hard at it on our own. Instead, we must allow Christ to produce his fruit through us. The secret is in “Remaining.”
We remain in Christ by communicating with him, doing what he says, living by faith, and relating in love to the community of the believers.
So stay close, be nourished, and bear fruit.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. -John 15:5 (NLT)