This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Jesus is the vine and I am the branch. The Father is the Gardener (vs. 1). Bearing fruit requires being connected to the vine because it is the life-giving source. Jesus said, ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ (vs. 5).
If the branch is bearing no fruit, it is cut off completely and tossed into the fire. If a branch is bearing fruit, the Gardener prunes it so that it will bear even more fruit. Ooh! Pruning! Not an enjoyable experience, but done so that more fruit is produced… and this brings glory to the Gardener. “He is quite the Gardener… look at the fruit on THAT branch! He knows what He is doing.”
“This is to my Father’s glory,” Jesus said, “that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
What do I need to bear fruit for God’s glory? I must remain connected to the vine and embrace the Gardener’s pruning. Remaining connected to Jesus will mean being in relationship with Him. Devotionally loving Him and receiving love from Him. Finding my identity in Him. It will also require obedience. Jesus also said, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love” (vs. 10). He, of course, is my example. “Just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me life and for producing your good fruit through me. Father, I embrace the pruning You want to do in my today so that You may receive more glory.