Little, More, Much

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  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.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

John 15:1-5, 8

This passage speaks of three level of “fruit bearing:”  “fruit” (vs. 2), “more fruit” (vs. 2), and “much fruit” (vs. 5 and 8).  Christians should bear fruit.  Purging the branches that aren’t bearing fruit will help us to bear more fruit.  Abiding in Jesus, understanding that we can do nothing without Him allows us to bear much fruit.  God is glorified when we bear much fruit.

There is an old saying that goes “Good, better, best.  Never let it rest… until your good is better and your better is best.”  That is a perfect saying for this passage.

We can constantly be working and improving in every area of our lives.  It doesn’t matter if we 7 years old or 97 years old, there are always things that we need to be working on and things that we can improve.

As Christians, we can all bear fruit.  We can all bear more fruit.  We can all strive to bear much fruit.  None of us are perfect, and as long as that is true, we can all improve.  Fruit, more fruit or much fruit?  Where are we at today and what are we doing to bear more fruit for the glory of the Lord?

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