Believers should desire to live fruitful lives. But what does that mean? In John 15, Jesus likens us to branches who are supposed to bear fruit. He says that to bear fruit, we must remain attached to the vine (Him). (Also notice his warning in the first few verses!)
“1 I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me…”
So the first key to bearing fruit is to be attached to the vine.
But what exactly will our “fruit” look like? Clearly we are speaking in metaphor here because we aren’t going to sprout apples or pomegranates from our limbs. (Funny mental picture though.) Paul writes about the kinds of fruit that the Holy Spirit works to produce in us in his letter to the Galatians:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
So, once we are attached to, and remaining in the true vine, we can pray for these types of fruit to be manifested in our lives. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, we will see the fruit!