“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”
We started off yesterday by saying that figures of speech like ‘body’, ‘household’, and ‘tree’ are used in the bible to describe our union with Christ as believers. There is something practical about these ‘figures’ that pass an idea about our union with Christ. For instance, regarding a ‘tree,’ we reckon that the union of the branches of a tree with its vine is necessary for both life and fruitfulness.
We must therefore see our fruitfulness in our union with Christ. He is the vine and you are the branch. When we walk in the consciousness of our union with Him, fruitfulness will become effortless. Paul puts it this way: “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
We must stop seeing fruitfulness in our Christian walk as something independent of our union with Christ. Remember Jesus’ words in John 15:5: “…for without me ye can do nothing.” Bearing fruit is not something you do in your capacity or to ‘prove a point’ to God. It’s the result of trusting in God. A man who trusts God will pray often. A man who prays often will not fall into temptation.
Going for days without praying is a luxury you cannot afford. Your fruitfulness is in your union with Christ and in the consciousness of same. Abide in the Vine today. Walk in the Spirit.