Stay in the Vine

Daily God Walk for Saturday, September 17, 2011

 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5

 Jesus is comparing our relationship to him with a vine which produces good fruit. As Jesus is explaining this relationship we are to have with him we can imagine a vineyard with many grape vines and we can see the vineyard worker as he goes from vine to vine examining which ones need to be pruned back so they can grow fresh branches so they will produce much fruit.

The Father is the keeper of the vineyard and he is constantly examining which of the branches should be kept in the vine and which should be cut off the vine. Jesus says that if we remain in the vine he will remain in us. However, it is the Father who chooses which branches will be pruned.

Could he be saying that the choice of whether we remain in the vine is not ours to make but the Father’s? If it is the Father’s choice, what are the factors which are considered in making his decision? In verse two Jesus says the Father cuts off branches which don’t bear fruit. In verse seven Jesus tells us that if his words remain in us then we remain in the vine.

There seems to be a correlation between fruitfulness and obeying the words of Christ. In verse ten Jesus says, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love.” That seems pretty straight forward. We must remain in the vine if the Spirit-life blood is to flow through and we remain in the vine by obey the commands of Christ. The test of whether we are obeying Christ is whether we are producing fruit.

Jesus concludes this teaching by saying, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other” (verse 16-17).

We are chosen to bear fruit and to be favored by our Father in heaven. Are you bearing much fruit?

 Prayer: Jesus, help me obey your words that I might stay in the vine and bear much fruit. In Your name, amen.

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