A grapevine is a most productive plant. Spreading out its branches, each is intended to bring forth fruit. No vine grower is foolish enough to invest his time and effort in cultivating vines merely for the foliage on its branches. He looks for results. Fruits!
As the branches (individual Christians) in the vine of Christ (Jn. 15:5), we are expected to produce the fruit. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). Are you producing the spiritual fruit the Lord requires of us?
Paul enumerated in his inspired writings some of the fruit we are to bear. He said, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance [or, self-control]” (Galatians 5:22-23). How’s that for a fruit basket? – A good list for the cultivation of life’s orchard. How is your spiritual orchard coming? Are you faithfully abiding in Christ and His word (John 15:3-4)?