An Abundant Harvest

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified; that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:1–8).

In John 15:1-8 Jesus speaks of two kinds of branches: those that bear no fruit and those that bear fruit.  What does it mean to bear fruit?  In the Bible, when Jesus spoke of people bearing fruit, He was using a metaphor, comparing people to fruit-bearing branches.  The fruit we bear refers to our actions and behaviors.  Galatians 5:22-23 identifies the specific fruits of the Spirit; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  This scripture also encompasses all the ways God wants to change us in order for us to become more Christ like.

Jesus makes it perfectly clear that in order to bear the fruits of the Spirit we must abide in Him and Him in us because He is the vine and we are nothing without Him.  He also tells us that the Father is the vinedresser; the pruner.  The pruner knows that in order to bear more fruit the branches must be pruned and cleared  of clutter in order for the sunshine to shine through to reach all of the fruit producing branches and increase the quality of the fruit.  So if you’re asking to live a more fruitful  life, you’re also asking to be pruned.

How are we pruned?  What does God prune from our lives?  Many of us lead very busy
lives with jam packed schedules in pursuit of our plans and priorities.  Our plans and  priorities may not necessarily be wrong but they may not be a part of God’s best for us.  Sometimes we can become so busy that we miss out on God’s greater calling on our lives.
This is why we must abide in the vine and seek the Lord’s direction in our lives each and every day.

Sometimes the pruning process can be painful when He asks us to give up or let go of some things in our lives that hinder our growth in Him and the plans that He has for
our lives.  Just remember that as painful as the process may be the Father is not trying to destroy us but instead, He is making us stronger in Him.  He is growing us, increasing our productivity in the areas where He wants us producing and cultivating us into the individual He created us to become.  What fruit is God able to produce in us when we lay down what He asks of us? When we abide in the vine (Jesus) through prayer and the Word; submit ourselves to the Father’s Will and allow Him to prune away those things in our lives that are not a part of His plan for us we can expect an abundant harvest of the most beautiful fruit.  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified; that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Are you abiding in the vine?  How much authority are you willing to give the Father over your life?  What are you willing to allow Him to prune  from your life in order to bear fruit which glorifies the Father?  In the answers to these questions you will find the quality of your fruit.  I have decided to seek an abundant harvest of the fruits of the Spirit.  May God bless you!

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About Alecia Roberts

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I wrote The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing while my husband was working overseas as a civilian contractor. The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing is my testimony of God's amazing love, grace and power in a surrendered life and heart. It was released on May 29, 2012. I lost my middle daughter, Heather who suffered from mental illness and addiction to an overdose in October of 2015. Since then I've dedicated my life to confronting addiction and promoting changes in North Carolina that will hopefully save lives.
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