Sunday, September 24, 2023

Fruit Production in the Lord’s Vineyard

By Edd Sterchi
    I was reading John 15 the other day when I noticed a progression of the description of fruit-bearing the follower of Christ is to have. See if you notice it, too (I have condensed the text and emphasized portions for ease of detection): “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser...every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit...I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit...” (John 15:1-5).
    Did you notice that not only are we expected to...
...bear fruit...
...but also to bear more fruit...
...and even to bear much fruit!!!
    Bearing fruit is something that is expected of Christians. And the secret to bearing fruit, bearing more fruit, and even bearing much more fruit is abiding in Christ (v.4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10). It is vital that we are fully attached to Christ and receiving all the nutrients He provides through His word and His people. It is important to be spending much time in prayerful study of the Scriptures. It is also important to be living, defending, and proclaiming the true will of God. Furthermore, it is very important to be associating and working with the saints of God on a regular basis to gain the fellowship, harmony, and encouragement necessary to be productive in the Lord’s vineyard. This will put us in a position where the heavenly vinedresser will “prune” our lives so that we may become even more mature and productive for Him.
    Christian, how much fruit are you bearing? What could you be doing to bear more fruit for the Lord? What would it take for you to bear even much more fruit that you ever thought? The Lord will help you get there if you will let Him.
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (Psa. 92:13-14).

- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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