- Jesus is the vine.
- The Father is the vine-dresser.
- You and I are branches.
Why would Jesus talk in such detail about growing grapes when He was only hours from death and His best friends' hopes had just been crushed?
Clearly, Jesus knew that the time and place were right to show the disciples a new way of looking at things. Jesus wanted them to see their future from the perspective of heaven...
You bear inner fruit when you allow God to nurture in you a new, Christlike quality: 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control' (Galatians 5:22)'
you bear outward fruit when you allow God to work through you to bring Him glory.... Whether you're chopping wood for a widow, taking care of an ill neighbor, or spending a lifetime as a missionary in the jungle, outward fruit appears when your motive is to bring God glory.
For the vineyard to really produce, the branches have to respond to the attentions of the vinedresser... all branches do not respond alike. In fact, every branch is the vineyard is unique, and when harvest day arrives, each will have produced a different-sized crop.
The above was quoted from Secrets of the Vine. To find out more about the different branches and their yield read Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson.