John 15:5 - Abiding in Jesus and Bearing Fruit.

John 15:5 (ESV) I am the vine; you are the 
branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is 
that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can 
do nothing. 


Fruit is not limited to winning souls. In 
this chapter, answered prayer, joy, and love are 
mentioned as fruit (15:7, 11, 12). Galatians 5:22-24 
and 2 Peter 1:5-8 describe additional fruit: 
qualities of Christian character. [Life Application 

Fruit is an image for good results coming 
from the life of a believer, probably in terms of 
bringing benefit to the lives of others and advancing 
the work of God in the world (see Matt. 13:8; 
cf. Gal. 5:22"23 for a different image of 
fruit as changed character). [ESV SB 2008]  


Connected To The Vine
   Jesus often used nature to illustrate His 
truth, and one of His most powerful illustrations 
involved a vine and its branches.  
   The analogy is clear. Christians draw 
holy strength from the vine that makes holy 
living possible. You may say that it seems a little 
egotistical to claim to be holy. But read carefully what 
the Bible says: As obedient children, do not 
conform to the evil desires you had when you lived 
in ignorance. ignorance. But just as he who 
called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for 
it is written: Be holy, because I am holy 
 (1 Peter 1:14"16 NIV).  
   When Christ transforms us into new 
creations, we have new positions in Him, and He helps 
us to reflect the holiness of His character. 
Living a holy life means that you give yourself 
wholly to Christ. That doesnt mean you will be 
perfect, but your desire will be to live according to 
the ways of God. If youre living wholly unto 
Christ, you look different, talk differently, and 
act differently to the world, for you are 
bearing His fruit.  
   Does your life reflect Gods presence 
in your life? [Peace for Each Day by Billy 


Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving 
of His Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender 
to His service. The channel of communication 
must be open continually between man and his God. 
As the vine branch constantly draws the sap 
from the living vine, so are we to cling to 
Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength 
and perfection of His own character.  {DA 676}  

   All who receive Christ by faith become 
one with Him...  
   So those who receive Christ by faith 
become one with Him in principle and action. They 
are united to Him, and the life they live is the 
life of the Son of God. They derive their life 
from Him who is life...  
   The heart must be united with Christ's 
heart, the will must be submerged in His will, the 
mind must become one with His mind, the thoughts 
must be brought into captivity to Him...  
   The regenerated man has a vital 
connection with Christ. Christ has provided means 
whereby our whole life may be an unbroken communion 
with Himself; but the sense of Christ's abiding 
presence can come only through living faith... {HP 


   This is the first year Ive ever 
planted a vegetable garden. Its been a season of 
high excitement watching tomatoes, cucumbers, 
beets, onions, bush beans, snap peas, herbs, 
watermelons, blueberries, and squash grow. It has taken 
everything a while. Lets be honest. I was ready for 
tomatoes the day after I planted the four-inch-tall 
plants. Now the swirling vines are four feet tall. 
Heavy with tomatoes, they topple over their cages. 
The snap peas havent made it into the 
kitchen. I just pop them straight into my mouth after 
picking. The cucumbers hide under the broad leaves, 
so I cant find them. This morning, I found 
seven in our little game of veggie hide-and-seek. 
The sunlight and water from the dripline have 
done their magic. I cant wait to see what I 
will find tomorrow.  
   When my life is hidden from Jesus, I 
dont often see the growth. On my own, it can take 
years, even decades, to start bearing the kind of 
fruit that He wants to see in me. Kindness? 
Gentleness? Self-control? These can be slow-yielding 
crops. Jesus is my sunlight and water. He nourishes 
me and helps me grow. Apart from Him, I can do 
nothing. But Jesus promises if I remain in Him, His 
life will flow through mine, yielding more growth 
than I could ever dream of harvesting on my own. 
Susanna Foth Aughtmon  
   Faith Step: Jesus wants you to grow into 
your full potential. Spend some time meditating 
on John 15: 5. Ask Jesus to release the fruit 
of the Holy Spirit in your life as you remain 
in Him. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Cling To Christ
   Jesus' allegory is simple. God is like a 
vine keeper. He lives and loves to coax the best 
out of his vines. He pampers, prunes, blesses, 
and cuts. 
   And Jesus plays the role of the vine. We 
nongardeners might confuse the vine and the branch. To 
see the vine, lower your gaze from the stringy, 
winding branches to the thick base below. The vine 
is the root and trunk of the plant. It cables 
nutrients from the soil to the branches. If anything 
good comes into our lives, he is the conduit. 
   And who are we? We are the branches. We 
bear fruit: "love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness" (Galatians 5:22 
NASB). Our gentleness is evident to all. We bask in 
the "peace of God" (Philippians 4:7). 
   And as we cling to Christ, God is 
honored. "My Father is glorified by this, that you 
bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples" 
(John 15:8 NASB). 
   Make it your aim to cling to Christ. 
Abide in him. [You Can Count On God by Max 


John 15:4, 5 - The Pursuit of God.


John 15:5 - Learning to Abide in Jesus.


Galatians 5:22, 23 - The Fruit of the Spirit.


Matthew 25:31-46 - The Parable of The Sheep 
and Goats; The Final Judgment.