John 15:5, NIV: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

If there is any fruit tree on earth that bears fruit because it wills itself to do so, I am not aware of it. I cannot imagine an apple tree saying, “Today, I think I will bear an apple.” Sound silly? An apple tree bears apples, of course, because it is within the apple tree to do so. It is only natural. The fruit bearing in a Christian’s life is no different. The fruit is not forced out, but is naturally born from what is within. Jesus said, that if we remain in Him, we WILL bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Yet many of us struggle and strain as Christians, trying to produce fruits as the evidence of our faith. We often equate activity with spirituality. Who are we trying to convince? There are those who may try to demonstrate their faith by their works. I would hope to demonstrate nothing by my works, but rather that my faith is made evident as Christ is made evident in me. After all, it is not what we work that is evidence of our faith, but what Christ works through us, as we continue to remain in Him day by day.