1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
We Midwesterners know very little about growing grapes. I have been to Napa Valley California and have seen pristine vineyards as far as the eye can see. Recently, I saw a house nearby that had a fence and a grapevine growing on it. It wasn’t much but someone was growing their own grapes. To the audience in Jerusalem, growing grapes was as normal as baseball and hotdogs. Everything that Jesus said about this comparison to grapevines and to us in Him and Him in us they fully understood.
Jesus called Himself many things, He is the Good Shepherd, the Door, the Light of the world, the Bridegroom, and here He calls himself the true vine. A healthy grapevine has life flowing through it. I once cut too much of a vine growing into a tree in front of our house. Bobbi noticed the leaves on top of the vine were dying. Oops, I cut off the flow of life. Jesus has His life energy flowing through Himself to us who are attached to Him. The vine does not bear fruit but the vine gives life to the fruit-bearing branches.
We who call ourselves Christians, Christ-followers, disciples of Christ, children of God by faith, have no fruit-bearing capacity of our own but when we are attached, by grace, to the Lord Jesus, His life flowing through us bears spiritual fruit for God. God is the vine dresser. That is, He takes care of the vine to make sure it bears fruit. God so works in our lives purging and fertilizing so that we will bear fruit from Christ’s life flowing through us. When we have things in our lives that hinder fruit-bearing God prunes or removes them so that we can bear better fruit for Him.
Enjoy being attached to Christ and let God so shape your vine so that your life can bear spiritual fruit for God’s purpose and glory.
In yesterday’s post I asked prayer about a prayer project. I wrote a facebook post asking people to join me in fasting and prayer for the salvation of Hillary and Donald. The Christian church is severely divided over this election and I suggested that we unite in fasting and in prayer. My challenge is that we take five days before the election on November 8 for prayer and fasting pleading with God for the salvation of these candidates. Only their humbling before God will give us any hope that either of them will make a good President. The five days of uniting prayer and fasting need not be consecutive but should be intentional. (To read the whole statement go to my Facebook page.)
Today, my son Justin is leaving for Kenya for fifteen days. Through his pastor there is an opportunity for Justin to teach pastors on the seminary level. These pastors are hungry for theological truth and will spend all that they have to come for two weeks of biblical instruction. Pray with us for travel safety, for clarity of heart and mind to teach, and for God to shape Justin while he is there. Pray also for Katelyn and the four boys as their dad is away. Thank you.
Have a great day in the Lord,