This parable reveals the secret of fruitfulness. It is to abide in Christ. Jesus specifically says the following: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5.
Jesus means that the disciples should live such lives that He will continue to abide in them. The two “abidings” cannot be separated, and “abiding” is the prerequisite of fruitfulness. No branch can bear fruit in isolation. It must have a vital connection with the vine. To abide in Christ is the prerequisite of fruitfulness for the Christian.
A vine needs to be cultivated at least three years before it can bear fruit at all. It must be trimmed and allowed to grow. Then it is trimmed and allowed to grow again. This is done for a considerable length of time. Only after this process, it can become useful for bearing fruit. With these facts in mind, there are times in our lives when we seem to go on for considerable length of time. We undergo radical treatment at the hands of the Father and seeing little fruit come from it. In such times, we do not believe that any fruit can come from it. We cannot see as God sees. We do not have his perspective. We are not to get discouraged at this time. Remember that Jesus promises fruit in due season. We can still witness, and live the Christian life. We must refuse to be concerned about the outcome. Ultimately, God is the One responsible for the vineyard.