“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
Abiding in Christ means living in unhindered fellowship with our Lord, walking with Him, talking with Him, confessing our sins, and being filled with His Spirit. The Holy Spirit then has free recourse to take the life of Jesus and replicate it in us. He takes the work of Christ and accomplishes it through us. He enables us to bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit (John 15:1-2). He produces the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Ruth Bell Graham once compared the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives to sap in a grapevine. Sap is the circulatory system of the plant. Its unseen flow draws no attention to itself but keeps the relationship healthy between branch and vine. That’s what produces the fruit.
And when we bear fruit, it’s evidence the Lord is in us and the Holy Spirit is doing His work through us.