Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:4–11 ESV)
True obedience flows out of love (John 14:15) that moves us to depend upon God in an abiding relationship. The picture of abiding is one of relational trust, love and dependance upon Him as our source for direction, significance, meaning and true joy in life. Authentic, God glorifying, fruit is produced as a byproduct of this relationship. Our glad submission to the commands of scripture glorify God and lead us to joy. Our duty filled obedience, birthed out of obligation, will never produce true fruit, joy, or glorify God. Our begrudging submission does not glorify God and indicates that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.