The Vine and the Vinedresser


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I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

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 bear 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. (John 15:1-10, ESV).

There is something that you can always be certain of as you abide in the vine—Jesus Christ and God  the father are deeply and intimately involved in your life; and they will never leave you nor forsake you.

The relationship of a branch to a vine signifies one of the closest relationships possible in creation. The branch is in the vine, the life of the vine is in the branch, and the vine-dresser [Jesus] is cutting back everything [the baggage] that will hinder it [you] from bearing much fruit.

Jesus uses the relationship of the branch and the vine to remind you of how dependent you are upon Him.

Like branches on a vine, our Christian life is a growth process. We mature more every day. As we abide in Jesus, we learn to know him better and trust him more. Cautiously, we reach out to others. We love them. The greater our trust in Christ, the greater our compassion will be.

This is a lifelong challenge. When we are rebuffed, we have the choice to draw back or give our hurt to Christ and try again. Abiding is what matters. When we live that truth, we can begin to love like Jesus.

Jesus doesn’t command you to bear fruit, but He does command you to abide in Him. Fruit is the outcome of your abiding, and that fruit will always glorify the father.

15 comments

    1. Thanks Lady D! If we abide in the vine we will bear much fruit.

      Thanks for stopping by. God bless you richly.

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    1. Thank you very much MainWriters. Let us be steadfast and resolute as we continue to abide in the Vine.

      God bless you my friends.

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  1. Thanks a million Brandon, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I pray that you will continue to abide in the Vine for your daily nourishment.

    God bless you my friend.

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    1. Thanks a million Sakira, for your kind words and encouragement. I pray that God will continue to bless and inspire you. Let us run this race with patience and keep our eyes on the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ.

      Stay strong, stay blessed in Jesus

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  2. You are doing a great work here my Friend. May God continue to bless you as you walk out your purpose in this life.

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  3. Thank you very much Pastor Davis, for your encouragement. To God be the glory.

    May God bless you richly.

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