It is a bright sunny day here in west Texas and while this time of year is not a traditional harvest time we, as Christians, are to always think about whether we are bearing fruit or not. When we think about the topic of bearing fruit the Christian should consider John 15:1-8 as a passage that tells us what will happen to those branches that are unproductive. As we consider the topic, though, the question is what is bearing fruit? Is this determined by how many souls I bring to Christ? Is there some kind of tally board in heaven that says “he got his numbers, this one did not”. No that is not the case. To bear the “fruit of the Spirit” we need to be living our lives with the characteristics, or qualities, that are given to us, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”. These are the qualities we should have in our life. Going back and considering John 15:1-8 we see that if we abide in Christ these qualities will easily and naturally reveal themselves. In having the qualities in our lives we show that we abide in Him. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5. If we choose not to abide in Jesus we have something else to look forward to. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John15:6. As those whom Christ wants in His kingdom we have things to consider in our lives. If we do choose to abide in Christ we have waiting on us a home in heaven which Jesus said He has gone to prepare for us. “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I got to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3. Let us bear fruit everyday in our service to God!