But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree–some of the people of Israel–have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. – Romans 11:17 NLT
Our natural state is rebellious and wild but by the grace of God we were converted. This conversion is the grafting of a wild branch into the good tree. It is a privilege to be grafted into Jesus – the good tree; the one true vine and through Him we come into a relationship with God who is the gardener.
As a result of your conversion, God planted you to become an established tree. You are the shoot that God has planted, the work of His hands, for the display of His splendor. You may be tiny now but His will for you is to grow and become mighty. (Isaiah 60:21b-22).
Did you know that it is possible to be saved yet bear no fruit? Read John 15:2. It says, “… any branch in me that bears no fruit…” The branch is in Him already but there’s nothing to show for it. I believe that this branch, which is in Christ, is not entirely fruitless but the problem here is this: the kingdom of God is not enjoying the fruit borne by it and that is as good as having no fruit. If you have a child that graduated from college, got a wonderful job but never calls or comes home, never buys you any gift for birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day etc… it doesn’t mean that they are entirely not successful but as a parent you are not enjoying the fruit of this success. To you it may as well be that they’re not successful. There may not be much you can do about your child…no wait! You can cut them off your will. Similarly, God who is the gardener will cut off every branch that bears no fruit, for the kingdom, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
We are God’s plants and we are supposed to bring forth fruit unto God, not to ourselves. There is danger in gathering fruit to ourselves. It results in the likelihood of having a divided heart against God (becoming faithless) hence bending toward idolatry. (Hosea 10:1). We are commanded to be fruitful and multiply but have you ever wondered where this fruit is to be presented? The fruit is to be presented to the Lord. Our lives must contribute to the advancement of God’s kingdom. Anything short of that will cause you to be cut off. (John 15:2).
Bearing fruit for different reasons other than glorification of God renders one a degenerate plant, a corrupt one, a wild one. In other words it sends you an even worse state than you were before salvation! This is what the Lord says, I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock – a faithful seed. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, degenerate, foreign, wild vine? – Jeremiah 2:21.
God has planted us but we have a responsibility to spread our roots by the river; to the waters. This, we do by disciplining ourselves to the Word and the light of God. We must abide in Jesus (the true vine) to have power to bring forth fruit and the grace to present them in the kingdom of God, for without Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5).