Producing Fruit While Barren

What comes to mind when you hear the word fruitful? Because of our journey, the first thing I always think of is having children. John 15:8, NLT paints a much bigger picture and reminds me that bearing fruit, or the opposite, being barren, doesn’t have to do with just having children. This verse says, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”

As a follower of Jesus and disciple of God’s, his desire for you is to bear fruit no matter what stage of life you are in. John 15:4 says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” You produce fruit when you remain in Christ. Fruitfulness will look different for each person and season, but anyone that connects to the source of Christ — the fruit-maker — will produce fruit. The more connected you are, the more fruit that you will see come forth.

No matter what barrenness you have been experiencing, whether it’s physically like me, or something much different, you can still produce fruit. Don’t think because one area of your life is dry, the rest can’t be flourishing. There is a bigger picture than what you can see, and just because life isn’t progressing forward where you want it to, doesn’t mean the other areas are to be stagnant as well. Personally, the one thing I want is to be fruitful physically and while that hasn’t happened yet, God has opened up doors with the Moms in the Making ministry and this blog to produce fruit in other ways. No, it’s not how I wanted, but yes, it is what he intended.

So how do you produce fruit? Make sure you are connected to the vine. Pursue God and his Word, and even if you don’t see the fruit manifest in the one area of life you want the most, allow him to work though you in other areas that you might not have thought were possible. Expect God to water every barren area of your life and before you know it, fruit will come forth at the perfect time!


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  • Kristy
    Posted at 06:37h, 21 September Reply

    Yes! In the midst of any trial it’s so easy to forget this. Love this.

  • Laura
    Posted at 08:45h, 21 September Reply

    Love this! “How do you produce fruit? Make sure you are connected to the vine.” YES!!! YES! A thousand times YES!!! What a simple yet powerful statement! 🙂

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:38h, 21 September Reply

    Amen… I think of my rose bush that stems are coming out of a whole separate area. You never know where something else branches off & a new beautiful creation can form.

  • Gwen
    Posted at 16:37h, 21 September Reply

    Yes!! I thought of the desert east of us and how barren it appears yet under the surface? Comes the best quality of baking soda!! It’s what is on the inside of me. Am I letting my bitterness show? Yes. I don’t look like I used to at ALL. so I listen to my husband tell me I’m how God wants me to be. He created me. I don’t snack. I eat right. My head prevents lots of movement. He says he and God look at the heart. My high school friends of long ago scattered all over join in a Bible study weekly via email and I feed them (and me). I’m not as barren as I thought when first writing. A barren life is no fruit for the Lord. The fruit of the Spirit I should be showing others and I don’t find self pity on that list!! Thank you for turning my eyes back to Jesus the author and finisher of my faith?✝️

  • ebikes
    Posted at 02:57h, 22 September Reply

    Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

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