Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doth shall prosper. Ps. 1:1-3
As we cling to God's Word and begin to welcome it into our hearts and minds, thinking on it and speaking it; we begin to change. The Word of God has the power, the capacity and the ability to change our lives. It's the way of the Kingdom of God. And the whole reason is it possible for you and I to change is because of Jesus. If He had not given His life on the cross for us, and gone to hell in our place to defeat sin on our behalf, we would have no life and no fruit. But He did, and it is done. When we believe this and welcome Him into our life as our Lord and Savior, we have new life. ( Rom. 10:9-10) (2 Cor. 5:17) and we thus have access to the Kingdom, and access to the Father. Living in Christ, is to draw from His life. He gives us new life. We are not just dead trees anymore. We have His life flowing through our branches as it were. John 15 speaks of abiding in Him and He in us. It calls Jesus the vine and we are the branches. As we abide, we will naturally grow healthy, and then will spring forth luscious fruit. Gal. 5:22 Love, joy, peace patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control: against such there is no law. This is the fruit of the Spirit.We don't struggle or strive to grow fruit. We just keep abiding in Jesus. It is God's will that we grow strong with roots grown deep into God's love. Fruit is attractive. When I see a piece of fruit on a tree, shiny and inviting, I just want to pluck it off and eat it's juicy, sweet meat. It's supposed to be attractive. The shade from a tree is supposed to be welcoming on a hot day, to protect one from the elements, wind, rain or sun. It's supposed to feed people. A tree has many seeds in each of it's fruit for a reason. To multiply. And that is what we are meant to do. God provides for us, and we made in His image, give to others. We shine and love. Others want to be near us because of our peace, our joy and love. They want the same thing. In the natural, tree seeds are dropped into the ground and multiply. In the spirit, seeds of love are dropped into the ground of people's hearts and God causes the seeds to grow.
I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. John 15:5
The stipulation is that we must abide. We must have relationship with Jesus to bear fruit. Not just be a member of a local church. Anyone can do that. But thankfully, He welcomes and longs for each of us to do just that. Jesus wants a close relationship with you and I. He wants real friendship.