It was I who choose you and sent you to go and bear much fruit, fruit that will last. John 15:16

Jesus says he is the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit (John 15:5). Jesus dies not say : The Christian community is the vine, but : I am the vine. So each of us has to consider how he is joined with Jesus through faith, prayer and keeping his word. Each one has to bear fruit. These fruits should come from the Spirit and bear his proper seal. Christ is the true vine which has taken root. He is the trunk from which the branches sprout, that is to say, all of us who live by Him.

In the parable of the vine, Jesus said : ” My Father prunes every branch that bears fruit so the it will bear more fruit. ” After making it clear that we depend totally on him, Jesus repeats his commandment of love.

Jesus tells us to love one another. The commandment of Jesus is : love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one’s life for his friends; and you are my friends if you do what I command you (John 15:12). As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandment, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love (John 15:9-10).

We did not choose Jesus; it was Jesus who chose us and sent us to go and bear everlasting fruit. And the Father is glorified when we become his disciples, that is, when we bear much fruit.

When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed.