Jesus, the True Vine

The gardener is there to make things work better and achieve peak growth. That’s his purpose. He’s not trying to get rid of anything good. He’s only there to make what’s good, even better. Jesus is the Vine, God the Father is the Gardener and we are the branches.

You are the extension of the vine. You are the conduit to good fruit. But the gardener has to do what he does to make it all work best. A healthy vineyard is not an accident, but the work of a wise knowledgeable gardener. The result is good fruit.

Useless Branches Get Disconnected

You may feel stuck in a painful part of your story, I know this doesn’t make sense right now – but I know you will come to the other side of this. It can take years of pruning and thinning to create quality. You cannot microwave spiritual formation. It takes time to grow, heal, mend, and discover your passions, fears, hopes, strengths, and weaknesses. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Abiding in Christ

Sin, shame, amd chasing after all the wrong things may have led you to think you’ve severed yourself from the vine. But the Holy Spirit is alive and well and can begin a new work, a new shoot, a new branch in you. That new life in the vine can move you from fear to love, from despair to joy, from anxiety to peace, from stress to patience, from anger to kindness, from pride to goodness, from jealousy to faithfulness, and from fits of rage to gentleness.

This is what God does. This is what the Divine Gardener is continuing to do for all of us. Will you let him go to work? Will you believe again that your life can be fruitful for Christ, that you can abide and rest in his love and his joy?

Bearing Fruit

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And it’s those who are connected to the vine who have the resources of the vine flowing through them. Life in the vineyard takes effort and patience. There’s cutting and pruning and some uncomfortable moments. But life in the vineyard is not about me or you. You are a light, a witness, representing a vine offering the best fruit that leads to the best life—an opportunity for people you know to be close personal friends of Jesus. So GO OUT and BEAR FRUIT