The following is an excerpt from Pastor Mark’s recent teaching “Loyal or Fruitful".
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
So if you want to be fruitful, God's going to trim some things on you. He didn't say abide in me and now you're the branches. Jesus says come, be a branch and be fruitful. God's going to prune some things off so you'll produce more. God didn’t say he wanted a tree, he wants fruit.
The scriptures of blessed men and women are those who are being used of God because they positioned themselves and asked to be fruitful.
He sent us here in Genesis and He didn't say “just exist” or “just make it to Revelation.” He said to be fruitful in all that you do. My mindset is that I'm going to be fruitful in my work, in my relationships, in my child-rearing--and everything I do should yield fruit. Whatever we do in our faith, it’s not to do it out of loyalty (perhaps in the beginning it was), but it is to be used by God to be fruitful.
Too many people think that being loyal is being faithful. Faithfulness is becoming fruitful because that's what God called us to be and loyalty just goes with it. You’ve got to be loyal before you can be fruitful. Each of us is called to position ourselves by thinking “how can I produce fruit with whatever gift God’s given me or whatever talent He’s given to me?” because in Corinthians it says you can't have the Holy Spirit in you without having a gift of God in you.