Fruit is everything we do that can only be done by the power of Christ.
Text: John 15:1-11
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
Jesus told His disciples that God is glorified when they bear much fruit (verse 8). He also said, "Apart from me, you can do nothing" (verse 5). John Piper concludes from the text, "Fruit is everything we do that can only be done by the power of Christ." God maximizes fruit production by pruning branches (verse 2) and removing dead, fruitless branches (verses 2 & 6).
So how do we live life by the power of Christ rather than in our strength? We allow His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. This is "abiding" in Christ. Paul says we should do everything, including eating and drinking, for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)! So we can bear fruit in the mundane things of life as we abide in Christ!
- Here is a good article on living for God's glory.
- Here is a song I've been listening to lately about resting in Christ.