As Christians, we should desire to bear fruit in our lives. But there has to be a root in order to bear fruit. There will be different root causes of whether we succeed or fail in areas in our lives.
We all see areas in our lives where we will see a lot of fruit being produced. However, there are areas where we won’t see any fruit or we see bad fruit being produced.
John 15:8 – “By this, My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
When we only focus on the fruit, we seem to forget what was the root cause for the fruit to be produced. For instance: What is the root cause for blessings? What’s a root cause for bondage in a person’s life? Some people go from job to job, never seem to be able to stay in one particular position. What would be the root cause of that? What’s the root cause of bad relationship after another?
Matthew 7:17 – “Even so, every good tree (root) bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (Verse 18) “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”
This should help us understand that if we have a good root in our life we will bear good fruit. So how do we uproot the bad roots and nourish the good roots?
Matthew 12:33 – “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.”
Jesus Is The Vine
John 15:5 – “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.” Jesus is the root that grows on the inside of each believer.
Isaiah 11:1 – There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:10 – “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”
Revelation 22:16 – “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches, I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
Jesus is the First and the Last. He’s the Root because He’s God and He’s the Offspring of David because He became a Man. So without the Root, we can do nothing! Nothing is one word but made up of two words – no thing. Philippians says, “Through Him, we can do all thigs.” But without Him, we can do nothing. With Jesus, all things, without Jesus, no things are done.
A fruit-producing vine is opposed to a jungle vine. And we know from John 15 that Jesus is a fruit-bearing vine because the Father prunes the branches. You don’t prune a jungle vine. The jungle vine that the world produces will tangle up your footsteps when trying to walk.
We Are The Branches
John 15:4 – “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.”
Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Verse 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. Do we not all want these things in our lives? Yes, but Jesus said we can’t do it without Him.
We think that the word “bear” means “produce.” Not so. The word bear actually means to carry. Like when we carry a “burden.” So this changes things a little. It makes these verses say, “You can’t carry the fruit without Jesus.” Jesus is the One that produces the fruit, so we have to stay connected to the vine. We bear or carry fruit for two reasons: One is to display God to the world by displaying what true love is; peace, joy, all the things Galatians 5:22 and 23 listed.
The other reason is so that people can eat the fruit. In other words: When others come in a relationship with a Christian that stays connected to the vine, they can taste and see that the Lord is good! But the keyword in all this is the word “abide.”
Abide – to stay in one place for a long time. We even stay through struggles. The people that really bear good fruit are the people that stay in a committed relationship with Christ through the hard times, not just the good times. These are not the ones that go “in and out.” Not the ones that leave when things are really tough.
The Father Is The Vinedresser
John 15:1 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”
God owns the vineyard!
Isaiah 5:1 – Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. (Verse 2) He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes.
The “choicest” vine is Jesus. (Verse 3) “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, please, between Me and My vineyard. (Verse 4) What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done to it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? (Verse 5) And now, please let Me tell you what I will do with My vineyard; I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
Did you know that every believer has a hedge of protection around them? The hedge is the Word of God. (Verse 6) I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned or dug, but there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it.” (The briers and thorns represent the enemy coming in.) (Verse 7) For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,…
Now here is what Jesus says about this vineyard in the New Testament:
Matthew 21:33 – “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. (Verse 34) “Now when vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. (He sent prophet after prophet to see if Israel would come back to Him.)
(Verse 35) “And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. (Verse 36) “Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. (Jesus is telling this story about Himself and its about seven days before He is crucified.)
(Verse 37) “Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son!’ (Verse 38) “But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ (Verse 39) “And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. (outside the city) (Verse 40) “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
What’s going to happen to those who don’t accept His Son? If you are not a Christ-follower yet, you still have a choice. The bad fruit in someone’s life is because Jesus is not their root. But as a believer, we have a choice also and that is, “Are you going to abide through the struggles? Are you going to stay in a committed relationship to Christ no matter what?”