Sunday Morning Coffee: Fruit-Bearing

My son wanted me to hear a sermon he thought I’d enjoy. He was right. It was excellent.

The scripture for this sermon was the first few verses of John 15, the ‘Abide in Me” chapter in which Jesus taught His disciples what it was to please God.

We can–and should–bring glory to God through the way we live our lives. John 15:1-8 says,

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

There is a great deal of wonderful truth in these few verses. Today I want to focus on two things. In v. 5, Jesus says that without Him, we can do nothing. There will be no fruit-bearing without Him. The preacher asked, “What is fruit-bearing?” The simple answer is that fruit-bearing is Galatians 5: 22-23. We are the branches on the Vine. If we abide (stay, live, pitch our tents) in Him, clinging to Him, then the fruit of the Spirit will become apparent. We can’t work on the fruit of the Spirit. They well up in us naturally when we cling to Him, just as the sap in an apple tree results in delicious fruit. The tree does not flex its muscle and strain to bear the fruit. Neither can we “work” at bearing fruit.

Second, verse 8 tells us that “herein is the Father glorified — by our fruit-bearing! Spirit-filled believers will honor and glorify God in the way they live their lives. Every word, every deed, every decision will reflect either honor or dishonor. If we’re to glorify God, we must be clinging to Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
There is so much more that could be said. You can hear this message, and those that follow, at hopechurchlv.com. I hope you’ll listen. Well worth the time.

I apologize for failing to include the video. I had trouble finding it, but here it is, the first in a series:

4 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Coffee: Fruit-Bearing

  1. Linda, I know one gains the fruits by a close relationship with Jesus; he is the vine, the vine produces fruit. However, I also deal with Colossians 3:12+ that tells us to “clothe ourselves in kindness…Put on as a cloak. So there has to be some “doing” in order to achieve this goal. Can you follow through for me? Sometimes it seems that we are discouraging doing good works. Good works do not save us but I believe the are evident in the changed life of a Christian. I am speaking of actions as well as temperament.

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    1. Good question, Oneta. If we can replace the word “goodness” in Gal. 5 22 with the “kindness” in Col. 3:12, and then go back to read the chapter in Col. 3 in its entirety, I think we’ll have the answer.

      If we have been risen in Christ, we are new. We are, then, to seek all that which pertains to godliness. We are to put away earthly lusts and put on, as clothing, all the newness of life that comes with salvation.

      This is not to work for salvation, of course, but to strive toward that which glorifies God. We have to choose to continually put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10) as well as to cultivate the fruit of the Holy Spirit within us. I think of this a “spiritual weeding” process resulting in more and better fruit. How do we go about it? By being in the Word; filling our hearts and minds with the things of God by way of reading, music, prayer, conversation. The more we do these things, the more fruit we produce. In other words, simply being obedient to Him enables the fruit of the spirit in our lives.
      And by the way the next lesson in this series is “How do I Abide?” You can find the first sermon at the bottom of this post–just finally found it and posted it.

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  2. I like your spiritual weeding idea. It would be natural in the spirit to fill the “weeded” area with a more Godly plant. I just know I have to consciously make myself be “clothed” in spiritual dress. That has to do with my desire to be mature rather than a spoiled baby. It is possible because Jesus’ blood is the reason for my righteousness, but I sometimes give myself a stern lecture. 😀

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