I was working out in the yard last week and there were some limbs on a tree that were looking pretty nasty. I cut them off. Then I threw them over the fence into the woods in my backyard. I bet by now they are pretty dead. The leaves are probably falling off, or turning brown, and all life is leaving those little limbs. Jesus makes it clear in this passage that we too are little limbs that are connected to the vine which is connected to the tree. We gain our life, our sustenanance, and our fruit from the vine that gives us life. However when we cut ourselves off from the vine, or when we are cut from the vine, we die.
God wants us to be connected to Him through prayer and our time in His word, both spiritually and emotionally, and when we are not connected to Him, then we are not really alive.
Answer some of these questions about this passage and about your life:
1. In verse 2 Jesus says that every branch that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit. The dictionary says that “Prune” means: “To remove what is not necessary or undesirable”. How does that apply to what Jesus does in our life?
2. Verse 4 says that the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, it must be connected to the tree. How does that apply to Christians today? Be specific?
3. Verse six is a scary verse, it reminds us that anyone who is not connected to the vine, will be cast out and thrown into the fire! Do you know people who are not connected to Jesus? What are you doing to get them connected so that they can experience life?
4. Verse 7 is an incredible promise! What is promised to us in that verse?
5. According to verse 8, how is God glorified?
6. Name 5 things that could be called “fruit” in a Christians life? For example: kindness, joy, etc. (you cannot use those)
7. On a scale of 1 – 10, how much “Fruit” do you bear in your life?
8. What could you do to bear more fruit?