Where is our focus? Is it on the fruit? Is it on the lack of fruit? Are we obsessed with the thought of producing or not producing? Are we caught up thinking about how others perceive our production?
The Word (John 15:1-11): abide in the vine and you will bear much fruit. It’s a promise. We should focus on abiding in Christ. We should focus on remaining, staying, dwelling in His Love. We must look to dwell in His Word and have His Word and His Love dwell in us. Then we will bear fruit. We will bear much fruit! To the glory of God! And our prayers will be answered! And our joy will be full!
It will not be because we focused on the fruit but because we focused on the vine. We can do nothing outside the vine.
Let’s not get dragged away from our prayer life. Let’s not let our time in the Word diminish. It is in prayer, Word, and following after Jesus Christ that we find success. That’s where are purpose lies. That’s where we are unstoppable. That’s where we meet greatness, when we are rooted and established in Him, when we are connected to the vine, when we are unbreakable from Christ. The fruit comes automatically because it must. And God cuts back (prunes, purges) the things in our life that is keeping us from bearing more fruit.
All the devil, flesh, and world need to do is to keep us from our core, which will keep us from the fullness of God. Why does that work? Because the other promise is that if we don’t remain, stay, dwell in Him and His Word in us, we will wither until broken off.
But we are aware of the schemes of the devil, flesh, and world! And we press toward the mark! There is much fruit to be had. And much joy. He told us these things so that our joy will be full. If anyone knows about joy and purpose and living this life, it is our Creator! Let’s cling to Him and enjoy this adventure in God!