Let’s imagine that you are looking at someone’s garden. You see their squash, cucumbers, beans and then, the tomatoes. As you walk through them, they are beautiful plants with juicy tomatoes on them. But there is one plant that is dead. There are no tomatoes on it. You ask about the plant and the person says, “Yes…that plant is dead. It doesn’t produce any fruit. But it still likes to think it’s alive so we haven’t pulled it up.”
Obviously that scenario is ridiculous. The plant is dead.
Let’s shift the scene to our Christian lives. Our goal and purpose in the Christian life is to produce fruit.
Jesus said in John 15:5, Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus said “…those who remain in me will produce much fruit.” What fruit was Jesus was referring to? Paul told us in Galatians 5. Paul referred to the fruit of the spirit. He said our lives should produce “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness etcc…”.
So, because our hearts have been converted, our lives will produce the fruits of love, joy, happiness and many others. So, what fruit are you producing? If our hearts are converted and we are being led by the Spirit, our lives will produce fruit.Do we resemble the dead tomatoe plant or one that is filled with fruit? Today, let’s allow the Spirit to rule in our lives producing much fruit.