This time we are going to look at a great passage about abiding in Jesus. One dictionary definition of abiding reads: “continuing without change; enduring; steadfast” 
The passage is John 15:1-11: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
This passage uses a common farming analogy. The imagery Jesus uses is drawn from the Old Testament and so would be a familiar one to Jesus’ listeners, both historically and physically.
Jesus emphasizes first that he is the true vine. Of course there are many types of vines and seeds in the world, but only the true vine in this case produces the desired fruit. The fruit produced by the vine cannot be any greater than the vine itself, thus only in Jesus, the true vine, can his followers be fruitful and producing the right kind of fruit. The only way people make any impact in the kingdom of heaven is by remaining vitally connected to Jesus. Without being connected to Jesus people may be busy and even seemingly productive without actually accomplishing anything important. Without being vitally connected to Jesus people can build good organizations, but it is impossible to build the church without being connected to Jesus. It’s like an amateur builder trying to build a house without blueprints or knowledge of what the design plan is. Maybe he will produce something, but it cannot be what was intended. Without looking to Jesus people cannot build the plans he has for them.
The second feature of the story is that God is the gardener or farmer. The responsible farmer cares for the vines in his vineyard to ensure they produce the most and best fruit possible: “He tends it, waters it, and endeavors to protect it and cultivate it so that it will produce its maximum yield.” Have you ever imagined God as a caring farmer, looking out for his people as he helps them to grow? The farmer always has the best interests of his plants in mind. Does this change your perspective on God?
The third feature of the parable is that the farmer must prune the vines in order to maximize the fruit. Without pruning vines would run and ramble in every direction and would produce little fruit. Some of the shoots must be cut back and dead pieces must be trimmed away. Pruning is not always pleasant while in process, but it is absolutely necessary for the final result to be produced.
Notice in this parable that the outcome of the branches that remain in the vine is never in doubt. Jesus teaches his disciples that if they keep his commandments they remain in his love, just as he obeys his Father and remains in his love. Abiding is about a relationship. We can see from the passage that Jesus calls for his disciples to obey him. If people trust Jesus, they will trust in his authority and commands. Secondly, people must remain in contact with Jesus through prayer. In short it is not a one sided relationship. In this relationship the promise that those who remain in Jesus will bear fruit. The ‘fruit’ is the outcome of their entire life and ministry as they remain in fellowship with Jesus by keeping his commands and experiencing his presence with them through the Spirit. In this passage fruitfulness is the mark of a disciple. As they bear this ‘fruit’, Jesus said to them, you are showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
The result of this fruitful circle is joy. Jesus’ joy is in his disciples and his disciples are full of joy. Abide in Jesus and your life will grow through Jesus.
 Expositors New Testament Commentary Abridged edition pg 350
 Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 314). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
 Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 315). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.