What Does Jesus Mean By "Bear Fruit"?

There's a phrase in the Bible that pops up from beginning to end—and it's "bear fruit". But what did God, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul mean by the phrase "bear fruit"? And how can we bear fruit today?

When God created the Earth, the very first thing He commanded was simple: 

“Bear fruit.”

Thousands of years later, Jesus said the same thing:

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
— John 15:16

And God is saying the same thing to us now! 

What does "bear fruit" actually mean though?

"Bearing fruit" is a phrase used to describe the outward actions that result from the inward condition of a person's heart. Galatians 5:16–24 contrasts the works, or fruit, of the flesh with those of the Holy Spirit.

In our sinful nature, we bear things such as idolatry, jealousy, dissensions, and fits of anger. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…"

As Christians, we want to bear fruit in keeping with our relationship with God. We seek to do things outwardly that demonstrate that we have been made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

How can I bear fruit today?

We created the Bear Fruit collection to be a conversation starter with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. It’s an easy way to break the ice about God while sharing one of the most commonly used phrases by Jesus to His disciples. 

So the next time someone points to your shirt, you can point them to Jesus.