Fruit-bearing is the product of regeneration. When people are born again, they naturally want to bear fruit. If people profess to believe in Christ but fail to bear fruit, it makes us wonder whether their conversion experience is genuine or not.
Fruit farmers sometimes get disappointed when fruits, which appear promising at first, are shed off prematurely. Similarly, God is displeased if believers bear “fruits” that don’t last such as fame and power, instead of character and godly influence. Christ taught that believers have been appointed by God to bear fruit, the kind of fruit that lasts (John15:16). This means people around us are permanently impacted and transformed as a result of our “sowing, watering or reaping”. Our lives must touch the lives of those around us. We must leave a lasting legacy for succeeding generations.
Some believers may be impatient to bear “fruit”. When we sense God’s calling, we want to quickly fulfill it. But God may have other plans. He may send trials to prepare us before He launches us into ministry. For every branch that bears fruit, the vinedresser (God the father) prunes so that the branch (believer) might bear more fruit (John 15:2b).