How to grow good fruit
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Abide. Five letters put together that so adeptly explain how we’re to live with our Lord. Abide. Noah (uh, Webster, that is) explains it this way: “to be, or exist, to continue; to dwell, to rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. To remain steadfast or faithful to; to accept without question.” (Ouch)
Are you abiding in Him? I encourage you to join me in John 15, just to make certain. The state of your fruit depends upon it.
Pruning tip: To keep the aphids of life from damaging your fruit, closely examine it and ask yourself, “Do I really believe that I can do nothing apart from Him? Is it reflected in how I live or do I need to do some cutting and pruning?”