In the fifteenth chapter of the book Ezekiel Israel is pictured or compared to a vine, this figure of the Jews is frequently applied to Israel.
If Israel was fruitful, she is very highly valued, but if she be not fruitful, what use is she? Israel was planted a noble vine, wholly a right seed, with the express purpose of bring forth spiritual fruit, and continuing to be faithful to the one true God, “Hear, O Israel the Lord our God is one Lord:” (Deut.6:4) and doing righteously amongst mankind.
If Israel had fulfilled that design, she would have occupied a most noble per-eminent position amongst the nation of the world, but failing in that, she failed totally, and was fit only for future destruction “And I will make the land desolate,
We are deigned and created by our Lord to bring forth the fruit of holiness and godliness. If we do so, we give honour and praise to our one true God.
In giving honour to Jesus Christ we occupy a blessed and moral position, and benefit our fellowman. If we fail to do this, we dishonour our Lord, we sink in moral character and may become worthless and useless to God and mankind.
What is the fruit which God design that we should bear? Personal holiness and to become a social blessing to our fellowman.
The true object of our creation is that each of us may bear abundant fruit, we are formed by God for this purpose in our life “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:” (Jh.15:16)
You and I have been endowed with faculties fitting for our life. You have mind and soul by which you may perceive the revelation of God into your life.
You have been given a will which was designed to work in loving harmony with your Lord. You have a conscience which was constituted to accord with and respond to the eternal righteousness of our Holy father.
You and I have been given affections and aspiration which find their true object in our Lord Jesus Christ, and their highest exercise in his worship, moreover, you and I have power for expressing these blessing in our life “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deut.6:5)
Our feeling, our speaking, our actions must honour our God, and by these characters we are able to produce fruit which God requires of each of us. We all have been called of God to use our life in the way which will please and honour our Lord.
We are blessed by God with useful agencies for his use. God has given us the moral law, religious ordinances, sacred memorials and a consecrated ministry.
There are many things that promote our mental and spiritual growth, and our usefulness, a inspiring history, a glorious literature, sacred scripture, opportunities of religious worship, the influences of the Holy Spirit. The trials under which we are confronted are but the pruning of the great Vine-dresser, that we nay bear more fruit.
What does such a constitution as our mean? What do all these agencies mean? What is there mission? That we may bring forth spiritual fruit for the kingdom of God.
Usefulness and holiness is the true object of our life. If the vine tree does not produce grapes, it fails of the one true purpose of its existence and usefulness, if we do not produce the fruit of excellence in ourself and serviceable to others, we have missed our true end and our true being. To Peter Jesus said “Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thouknowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.” (Jh.21:15)
There are so many other object that people live for that are unsatisfactory. The pursuit of pleasure, the race for wealth, the struggle for power, the toil for knowledge, none of these should be the main purpose are object of our human life.
All these secure only a partial development of our being. We must keep in mind that God has not endowed us with superfluous power. It is God’s will for us to exercise and develop every faculty of our being. Remember the Lord disapproves of waste.
He whose supreme aim is the attainment of pleasure generally develops only his tastes and appetites, to the grave neglect of his injury of his mental and moral power. If we fail to be fruitful, we may be fit to become only for destruction. Of what use is a hopelessly fruitless vine?
The people of Israel at this point in Ezekiel had fail as to the end of their existence as a nation, and they were doomed to national destruction.
So with our life if we fail to become spiritually fruitful. If we do not answer to the design for our life we are doing harn rather than good, our life is a bane instead of a blessing and if there be no hope of change in this respect, we are fit only for eternal destruction, “the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bring th not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Matt.3:10)
Persistent fruitlessness means ruin and destruction. If you find that you are fruitless, then seek to amend your ways, lest your barrenness leads you to ruin “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (3:10)