Colossians 1:10 – “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Jesus told His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The key here is that apart from abiding in the vine, we cannot produce anything at all which is why He said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).
As a Christian, it is our duty to be fruitful for God’s kingdom. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. He prunes our branches, such that we are able to bear fruit. The fruits of the flesh include “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal. 5:19-21a). Those who are bearing the fruits of the flesh are not worthy for the Kingdom of God (Gal. 5:21b).
The Bible says that a good tree bears good fruit, whereas a bad tree bears bad fruit. If we intend to do good, God expects us to refine ourselves and discard our old self and walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him (Col. 1:10). “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23). These traits reflect the true character of God. We cannot look into the human heart to know who is saved and who isn’t, but we can see the fruit of a person’s life or the absence thereof, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24). Let us strive to bear fruit by the help of the Holy Spirit for the glory of the Lord.