I was awestruck today by the power of God’s Word particularly in John 15. It’s entitled “Jesus, the True Vine” in my Bible. I have always known and heard that as Christians we are called to bear fruit in our daily lives since we’re rooted in Jesus, who is the vine. As I read through the passage the truth and reality of it hit me instantly. There are two crucial questions I believe we should ask ourselves when reading this passage:
- Am I truly living my life connected to the grapevine as Jesus describes? (Deuteronomy 7:9)
- Is there evidence of His fruit in my life and in the lives of those around me?
What I love most about the way Jesus taught is the sheer simplicity of the parables. They’re so simple and applicable. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jesus was intentional about making them this way- They are meant to be understood.
Keeping the questions I asked you earlier at the forefront of our minds, let’s discover this passage together. Right away we know two things to be true: (1) Jesus is the grapevine and (2) God is the gardener. Next, Jesus tells us that God (the gardener) cuts off every branch that doesn’t bear fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. I’m just telling you, this second verse seriously amazes and leaves without words. I can’t think of a greater banner or mantra to hang over your life than that. right. there. J Our hearts should and need to be open to the Gardener’s pruning. I tend to be a pretty rational thinker so I like to think of the “pruning” in terms of the situations or circumstances that we don’t understand about our own lives.
I’m gonna get real, real honest here by saying that I believe I’m experiencing God’s gracious pruning through having Cerebral Palsy. That’s what hit me the most from this passage today. It has given me even more opportunities to bear fruit in this life than I could have ever imagined otherwise! He’s given me friendships and relationships with very dear people through the pruning process and that’s something I’m eternally grateful for. I know, I know the pruning looks different for each of us but this I know: He has a purpose and plan behind the situation we’re facing but nonetheless, the end result is to bear fruit. And, trust me, if we are truly connected to the grapevine (Jesus) our lives will be abundantly fruitful! Why? Because we are rooted in the True Vine.
Let me encourage you to once again take a step back and look at your life. If we’re not rooted in Him then we cannot be fruitful. (John 15:4 New Living Translation) We all have to start somewhere. Just as a garden doesn’t become immediately mature, our relationship with Christ doesn’t either. He’s not asking us to get a head start he just wants us to START.
Let’s start planting our roots
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