Just like a good tree will bear good fruit and a bad tree will only produce poor fruit (Matthew 7:16-17)…our walk with the Lord is all about fruit production. You may have a hundred Bible verses memorized, but if you never put them into usable application…what good are they? Here James is saying, I will show you my faith by taking what I learned and witnessed about the Lord Jesus Christ and put it into practical action. In other words, a work-less faith is a worthless faith when at the end of the day there is no fruit (good works) to show for it.
Jesus says to us in John 15:4, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.” For us, this means being rooted and established in the truth of the Gospel and trusting in the Lord daily. And from this will come a over-abundance of fruit in our life…of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
Again we’re looking at the Parable of the Sower in this verse. The seed has been sown on good, fertile soil and has not only sprung up readily, but is bearing fruit. Our Christian walk is not a stagnant journey where we accept the Lord and never grow beyond the “Baby Christian” stage. We need a fruitful heart – a receptive, responsive heart willing to learn and grow. For the Lord wants us to be ever enlarging…ever growing…ever increasing…ever becoming more like Him.