We Are Branches of the Divine Vine

Daily God Walk for Saturday, December 11 2010

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… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.                          – John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine.” Jesus uses the vine and branches to explain a truth he has been trying to communicate to his disciples.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” Life flows from the vine to the branches and the only way life can continue to flow into the branches is for them to stay connected to the vine. Jesus was using this metaphor to show that he is not only the vine, but he is also the life which flows from the vine.

“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” As we stay connected to the vine his fruit producing life flows through us. The life which flows through a healthy branch will grow healthy fruit. Branches which do not grow fruit are branches which are not healthy and have something wrong that blocks the flow of life. Jesus said the Father will prune those branches to make them healthy. It would probably be easier on us branches if we discovered the blockages ourselves and took care of the problem before we had to be pruned back.

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you…” When we are connected to the life flow (the Vine) all that is in us is his life, therefore, anything we ask is according to his will and he will perform it.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” God glories in our fruit.

Principle: Stay connected to the vine and grow good fruit.

Affirmation: I am connected to the vine and my fruit is good.

Prayer: Help me to stay connected to your life flow. Amen.

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