Today’s devotional meditation is taken from John 15:4, which says,

Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

Fruitfulness is the evidence of one being a Christian.  A branch can only produce fruit when it is connected to the trunk of the tree or to the grapevine.  Jesus declares, just as a branch is not able to produce fruit apart from the vine, neither can the believer produce spiritual character, unless he or she is connected to the True Vine.  Therefore “abiding” means remaining in or continuing in.  Continuing means that salvation has already taken place.

The genuine believer will continue in service to the Lord and obedience to His Word.  The fruit that is produced is the outflow of obedience to the Word of God.  Remaining in Christ, gives the believer the ability to produce fruit no matter what the situation or circumstance.  As a matter of fact, whenever the conditions become more challenging, the branches, which are connect to the vine, are connected more securely because the root that the Vine is connected to grows deeper and provides the necessary stability the branches need in order to remain connected to the Vine.

Since that is the case, productivity will happen regardless of the circumstance.  The Lord promises that the true believer will produce fruit.  Always remember, there is no such thing as a believer who does not produce spiritual fruit.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Pastor James Moore, Jr.