“Be fruitful and multiply!” this request to be productive was uttered at the dawn of creation by our Creator. The purpose was to explore the planet, spread out, settle, and have lots of offspring. We followed suit, but we pretty much went off on our own in the process of conquering the Earth – with devastating results, as we know.
Then, 2000 years ago, Jesus came to save and restore what has been lost. And at the dawn of Salvation our Lord Jesus Christ utters a request that brings us back to the beginning of our time: “Be fruitful,” He says. – However, now the original command is being amended with an important little detail: as we are getting productive we are supposed to remain in Him as He remains in us!
The kind of fruit we are producing when we remain in Jesus ultimately brings glory to the Father. Jesus uses the imagery of a growing vine to symbolize a very close relationship. Trailing woody-stemmed plants, vines derive from the grape family. Vines are climbers by nature. In order to climb they cling to something – such as a pole or a wall – in order to grow.
In the same fashion we will grow and mature if we continue to cling to the Lord. I believe Jesus picked the grape vine when He talked about discipleship because vines are so extremely clingy. That is to demonstrate how close-knit the relationship can be between Jesus and his followers. I can almost hear Him saying: “Don’t go off on your own, buddy!” Jesus’ words “I am with you always”, encourage us to hold onto Him as we plunge into our daily activities.