- We should focus more on God than on godliness.
- We should focus more on abiding in God than on producing fruit.
- Fruit doesn't come by focusing on producing fruit, but by abiding in the vine.
Consider 4 results of living this way. First, I stop judging my value based on the production of "fruit." Second, God gets the glory for the fruit that is produced. Third, true holiness and joy comes into my life; true fruit is produced (whereas apart from Christ, are we producing true fruit anyway?). Fourth, I can stop worrying about results as I rest in God's relationship with me.
In actuality, the best way to produce fruit is to focus on a daily, abiding relationship with Christ. In this relationship, He will empower us to share the Gospel and grow in patience, love, joy, peace...and more. So let's abide.