Verse 2 says, “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” I feel that we have been given the tools and heart to learn and grow but some of us will just choose not to die to self. As believers we are called to be different and constantly willing to learn and grow so we can bear fruit for others. (It is not about us, it is about how we live and react. As Jesus goes on to share with us, we are pruned so we can act and live like Him. (That is the remain in Me, and I will remain in you, part.) When we fill our hearts and understand our new transformed lives are set for us we learn to react to all situations in a way that glorifies God. When we choose our own desires and take the lead in our lives that’s when we are severed and not in Him and we can’t produce any fruit. This is because people don’t see Christ-like character they see our lives lived to satisfy our own desires. Only when we go through Christ do we shine and make a difference. Then people can see that difference and our actions help people want to seek the same thing we have. When our actions are speaking for us they are producing fruit and you will see what Paul shares in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. There is no law against these things.”
When we remain humbled and in Him and we are showing these fruit to the world. Then we can understand what truth is and we can live differently working on being a true disciple as it says in John 15:8, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciple. This brings great glory to my Father.”
We need to be different and fully devoted to what Jesus did and what His example is for in our lives. It is not something to take lightly because we are called to not just learn about Jesus for our own good, but for the good of others. The major job requirement is accepting Him and then abiding in Him. When we make our relationship with Him one that unites people by sharing and teaching all that God has shown us we are living out our faith.
I think the key verse in John chapter 15 is verse 10, which says, “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Fathers commandments and remain in His love.”
Jesus is not calling us to be different than Him, He is calling us to be just like Him and that is what we need to aspire to do all the time. Amen