Jesus said, “…every good tree brings forth good fruit…” (Matthew 7:17).
As Christ’s disciples, it is imperative that we understand the very life of God is resident in us. Peter says we have become “…partakers of the divine nature…” (2 Peter 1:4). Consequently, we now have the responsibility and the capability of manifesting the life of Christ.
Interestingly, Jesus never once placed the onus of bearing fruit on His followers.
In John chapter 15, He reveals the secret to a fruitful life. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5 Emphasis Added).
In the New Testament Greek language, the word “abide” is meno and speaks of staying in a state of constant connection. The same word can also mean, “to remain as one, not to become another or different.”
Abiding in Christ is all about remaning in continous fellowship with Him, becoming one, sharing in His life and revealing His glory (Cf. John 17:22).
In the natural, a branch that is attached draws from the life of the vine and automatically bears fruit. There is no effort involved; fruit is the natural result of staying connected to the vine.
This is where many well-meaning believers err; they fail to grasp this powerful Kingdom principle: bearing fruit is the promise; abiding is the process.
As you abide in Christ, the same will happen to you. The righteousness of Christ will take root in your life and you will manifest the fruit of the Spirit apart from human effort.