In John 15, God speaks of himself as the vine and his people as the branches, who draw their nourishment from him. In this way, we use his energy, not ours, to produce much fruit. Fruit trees don’t struggle and strain to produce fruit. They merely allow the nourishment to flow in, and the fruit grows as a result.

Likewise, good works flow as we respond to God working in us. If our lives don’t seem to be producing much fruit, it isn’t the time to start rushing around trying to make something happen. It’s the time to stop and learn to rest in him.