Jesus teaches us that we must bear fruit in order to be his disciples.
Notice in the picture of the orange tree that there are different stages of growth. There are mature oranges ready for the picking, then there are the blossoms and buds. We are like that. We are mature in some areas of our lives and other areas of life we need to grow spiritually and mature. We can only do so if we abide in Him! Read his word, Obey his commandments, Allow Him to correct us/prune us and Walk in love. Only in him and by him can we bear much fruit and be called his disciples.
Joh 15:1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and everybranchthat beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5I am the vine, yearethe branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Joh 15:6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and casttheminto the fire, and they are burned.
Joh 15:7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Joh 15:9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
- John 15:1-5 – Abiding (natedogsblog.wordpress.com)