He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“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 anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Christians are called to bear fruit but we don’t do so alone. We do so with the help of God. Many mock Christianity as being a crutch for those who are weak. People believe that they are strong enough to get through whatever life throws at them. Turning to religion is an admission of defeat in some people’s minds.
This attitude continues even after people turn to Christ however. We think that we can do things on our own and we’ll just turn to God for the big things when things get tough.
God is not just the God of the big things however. God wants to be a part of our entire life. Yes, God will answer when we call on Him for help with the major issues of life but He’s also there for us in the small things as well.
We think that we’re doing well on our own but how much success would we have if we allowed God to help us in every aspect of our life? We don’t bear fruit apart from God. The success that we have on our own is miniscule compared to what we have when we remain in Christ. We need to remain in Christ for all things in order to bear fruit, not just turn to Him when things get rough.