It is so tempting to view the fruits of our labors as a means to salvation. After all, they are tangible things that are unarguably good. We must realize that fruit is the outworking of inner spiritual transformation through the indwelling Spirit of Christ. It is the transformation in us that comes first. The fruit is merely an indicator of spiritual condition. However, it is an honest one that speaks truth even if we don't want it to. The vine metaphor definitely expands the concept of relationship with God. As our gardener, He is working on us as we abide in Him. This communion goes beyond the boundaries of human relationships. We rely on Him to rescue us, to change us, and to keep us for eternity.