“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
John 15: 1-17
What does it look like to remain in Christ in our daily life? Growing fruit takes hard work and patience. Scripture describes something we understand , like growing fruit, to describe our relationship with a spiritual being. In order to grow healthy fruit, we need to till the ground , plant seeds, water the seeds, tend to the growth process , and prune out the weeds. We need to tend to the process of our faith and spiritual formation . Let’s ask ourselves , are we growing ? Are we abiding in God ? What do I need to weed out before moving forward? How can I love others better ? When we ask these questions and make our lives a place where we can grow and be obedient to Christ , we can’t help but live out of the awe of God’s love, and give him glory with our lives.