"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.John 15:4(NASB)
Remaining in Christ or abiding in Him was a theme that the Lord Jesus introduced to His disciples just before His death and resurrection and it is a subject that is picked up by Paul and is evident within each of his letters. Christ is fully God and fully Man, uniting holy deity with perfect humanity, and fruitfulness in the life of a believer results from the very life of the Son being reproduced within the life of the Christian.
Throughout His earthly life Jesus did not rely on His attributes of deity nor His human abilities to live His life but rather He set an example of how every born-again child of God must live, if his life is to be fruitful and glorify the Father. Just as Christ lived and walked and prayed in the spirit, we too must also live our lives in spirit and in truth. Just as Christ only did those things which He heard from the Father, we too are to do only those things that we see and hear from Him.
Abiding in Christ or remaining in Him is a lifestyle that God requires from all maturing Christians, and fruitfulness is the direct result of a life that is lived for Christ and not for self. Such a life is a denial of one's own wants and wishes and one that is surrendered to God in all things. It is life that is separated unto God and one that is lived in loving obedience and trusting dependence.
Christ is portrayed as the true Vine and believers are pictured as branches that are attached to the vine and through Him bring forth fruit. The source of all strength, support and supply for the vine-branch comes only from the vine. The unseen life that feeds, nourishes and produces abundant fruit on each branch comes only from the roots and central stem of the growing vine, without which each weak, little branch would quickly wither into unfruitfulness.
The fruit that Christ produced are the many sons that He has brought to glory – the church which is His body. And each member – each branch that remains in Him is enabled to bring forth fruit, more fruit, much fruit, simply by remaining in Christ and living their lives as He did – living and walking and praying in the spirit.
Day by day we are to remain in Him and He in us, for it is we to walk in spirit and truth, faith and love – we remain in Him until it is not I that live and walk and produce fruit, but Christ that lives in me.
Loving Father more and more I see that when I try to do things in my own strength I will fail and not produce the fruit that glorifies You. I long that my life is lived as Christ lived – in total reliance in the Spirit of God, so that I only do those things that are prompted by You, in His name I pray, AMEN.