8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.
Have you ever been at a place in your life where you looked up to the heavens and asked God to just tell you what he wants you to do? “God, just tell me in simple plain language what you want me to do and I will do it!” Jesus makes it clear for us what God is looking for in each and every one of us, He is looking for fruit, much fruit.
Many times, we are so engrossed by what people see on the outside. We go to great lengths to look the part so that we can fit in forgetting that what God is looking for from each and every one of us who believe, is fruit, much fruit.
18 Now early in the morning, as Jesus was coming back to the city, He was hungry. 19 Seeing a lone fig tree at the roadside, He went to it and found nothing but leaves on it; and He said to it, “Never again will fruit come from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.
One of the things I leant is that the fig tree actually produces fruit before the leaves and thus to see leaves on a fig tree means that there is fruit. Jesus saw the leaves on the fig tree and naturally because He was hungry he went on expecting he would find fruit but he found none. The tree was advertising what it did not have, the tree was a hypocrite just like the Pharisees. Jesus says that bearing much fruit is proof that you are a true disciple and that is what God is looking out for. Fruits are generated from what is on the inside and that is why Jesus says in;
Matthew 7:18 (AMP)
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
God is looking for fruit because when we connect to the vine and stay connected then fruit is the inevitable result. Jesus says that fruit is so important to God that those who do not produce fruit will be cut off from the vine while at the same time those who are bearing fruit He will prune so they can bear much fruit.
I look at it this way, one way or the other you will be cut, I would rather be pruned so as to bear much fruit that to be cut off.
I am good soil, I will embrace the word and go through the process. I will allow the word to take root in my life, I will stay connected to the vine because I know what God requires of me. I will bear much fruit!