5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
It seems so obvious. We wouldn’t argue the point if we were discussing grapes, or squash, or pumpkins. The only way to produce fruit is for the branch to be connected to the vine.
In this section of the gospel (John 15), Jesus identifies himself as the true vine–the genuine item, the real deal. He would only make that point if there were false, fake, or dead vines people were trying to attach themselves to.
The way to know who or what we’re attached to is to examine the fruit. Good fruit comes from abiding in the true vine.
So, how’s your fruit?
If we are going to produce fruit for the Kingdom, fruit that brings glory to God, then we need to be a people of the vine.