(John 15:4) “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” Have you ever wondered why it is that some Christians quit when tried while others continue walking on with God, or why it is that some win souls and others not? Could it be due to their “abiding” in Christ? In the above verse Jesus wanted his disciples to understand that without him (15:5) they could “do nothing.” Meaning that, unless we as believers abide in the vine of Christ, we cannot bear the fruit of the Christian life. Therefore, the key to our Christian growth and fruit bearing is found in #1) Abiding in Jesus Christ. In other words, if you’re not saved you have no part of him, nor can you draw from his power and bear fruit. #2) Abiding in His Word. Jesus promised his disciples that if they would “abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” They would not only have a fruit bearing relationship with Jesus but also the promise of answered prayer in times of need. #3) Abiding in His Love. (15:8) “ If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;” The love of Christ is the fruit bearing power behind our walk with God.
Without it we can do nothing, but with it, we can bring forth “much fruit, that will remain”!