My husband and I had only been married three years when we moved into a house that was much bigger than what we needed. We were renting the house; however, we were able to pick the cherries from the large sour cherry tree (they make the best cherry pie!) and we were told that we could plant a garden in the large yard. The backyard had a slope and about halfway down the slope was an arbor where there had once been a grape vine. We moved in the house in the spring and discovered that there was a little shoot coming out of the stump of the grape vine. My husband had spent time that summer nurturing the shoot and watching it climb up the arbor. He had visions of one day enjoying fresh grapes from our vine. Those visions quickly disappeared when in one fateful second he accidentally put the weed whacker too close to the little vine. One second and the vine was taken down. He was so disappointed! We currently live in a region where there are a lot of orchards and vineyards, so I have had the opportunity to see healthy vines. These vines are not little shoots that are susceptible to a weed whacker (although I would advise keeping your weed whackers as far away from your grape vines as possible!), the vines are solid and stable. As I celebrate Advent, I am looking at the various ways Jesus described Himself. Today, I want to look at a few verses where He describes Himself as the vine. Please read John 15:1-8.
Reading these verses, I certainly see how Jesus was showing us that He is our life source. Without Him there is no purpose, there is no life, and we certainly will not bear the fruit that God wants in our lives. We need to remain in Him in order to have the source of life it takes to bear fruit. The fruit that Jesus was referring to is the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As long as we remain in Jesus - this means purposefully choosing to follow Him - we will bear fruit. What a beautiful gift we have in Jesus!
Are you staying on the vine?