Jesus replied, “[My Father] cuts off every branch of mine that
doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit
so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and
purifi ed by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will
remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed
from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. – John 15:2-4
So get this: pruning is done not just to make the plant look good, but to prepare it for the next fruit.
It isn’t enough to produce fruit once. Sure, it’s a victory on its own, to produce fruit the first time. But that doesn’t guarantee us a spot in the tree. If you stay branched out fruitless long enough, you’ll be cut off after the next season for sure.
Faith again plays a role in this. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
I’ve encountered a lot of people saying that they find it hard to produce fruits. This doesn’t only apply to discipleship but also to spiritual fruits such as patience. The thing is, I often empathize saying that I don’t know how I would go about it either. We even laugh about it, saying that the will of the Lord be done in our lives, and that we’ll just catch whatever fruit falls from whichever tree.
This, I realize now, is an act of unfaithfulness and laziness.
The fact that I believe that God can move mountains and do wonderful things in my life is the exact opposite of how I am approaching this “fruit” situation. If I believe that God can do these magnanimous things because He is who He is, then I should believe that He who lives in me can get me to produce fruit all in His name. All this time, I’ve been making excuses for not being able to produce fruit when the answer really is just this.
Just because I have a discipleship group right now means that I should be content with this outcome. I made it through a harvest but the thing about harvests is that they go on forever. There is always fruit to be produced and God will always need people to go and harvest them. Why should I, with all my faith, stay put with what I have?
Lord, help me constantly produce fruit and make the most out of what You give me everyday.