“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
Jesus is speaking to the disciples here, and his words are clear. To be fruitful, they must abide, or remain in Him. He compares the Christian life to a vine which will wither and die if it is separated from the root. The fruit of the spirit flows from a life that is rooted in Christ. The disciples could not do it on their own, and neither can we.
How do we stay connected to Christ? It’s simple.
- Stay in His word. Read it daily. Study it. Memorize it. Think about it. Respond to it.
- Stay in prayer. Prayer is our lifeline, our personal connection to Him. Pray first, last and always. Pray to ask, and pray to listen.
- Stay with His people. Go to church. Offer hospitality. Encourage one another. Love one another.
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8