How to Be Fruitful as a Christian

A fruitful Christian

Bible Text: John 15:4-7

It's the will of God for every Christian to bear fruit.

Several things determine the fruitfulness of a Christian, like prayer and study of God's word, but the major is to abide and continue in Christ.

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.”

Every Christian is called to bear fruit, but not everyone does because they start with Christ but do not continue with him.

No one can outgrow Christ in the Christian faith. We can do nothing without him (John 15:5).

Some shift their attention from Christ to signs and wonders and other Christian gifts, but God wants us to bear the fruit of the Spirit and not his gifts alone (Galatians 5:22-23).

It's important to bear fruit in the Christian faith. The Pharisees were more concerned about their traditions and laws and lived in hypocrisy because they didn't abide in Christ. John the Baptist admonished them to bear fruit (Matthew 3:8).

A believer, like the Pharisees, will live in hypocrisy if he does not abide in Christ to bear fruit.

God is angry with fruitlessness in Christian life.

Christ was hungry as he walked with his disciples. He found a fig tree that he could eat from. But the tree had no fruit. In his anger, he cursed the tree to remain the same forever (Mark 11:12-14).

Christ gave a parable of a man who had a fig tree. When it was time to harvest its fruits, no fruit was found. In his anger, he ordered that the tree be cut down (Luke 13:6-9).

God is unhappy with the fruitless in his vineyard and contemplates cutting them off (Matthew 7:19).

While abiding in Christ, we should engage in other Christian exercises to bear greater fruit. The Christian exercises include prayer, the study of God's word, listening to sermons of great ministers, fasting, evangelism, etc.

Let's stay with Christ and love one another to bear fruit in God.
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