June 26, 2017
Yes, 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
When caring for plants, a necessary aspect is called pruning. Pruning is the process of cutting away dead or overgrown branches, often due to a prolonged time of fruitlessness. If a tree has branches that are dead or fruitless, the tree will naturally still provide water to the dead area, causing other areas of the tree to suffer. If this continues for too long, it could really hinder the tree’s growth. Pruning ensures that the tree remains vibrant and growing.
Proper pruning involves cutting only the branches—not any roots or trunk. Defining these roles is important for the tree to sustain life. You cannot cut off a branch and plant it away from the tree and hope that it will live or produce fruit. A Branch is not a tree; it is part of a tree.
Christians are branches of a much bigger vine. It is impossible for us to produce any kind of fruit—much less sustainable life—apart from the vine. We are in Christ—completely. Our role is to be a branch, and His role is to be the vine. There are areas that are easy to graft into the vine, while there are other areas we want to hold onto and keep separate.
When we withhold areas of our life from the vine, they will stop producing fruit. Look at every aspect of your life: family, faith, finance, health, relationships. Is there an area that has stopped producing fruit? If yes, then give it back to Jesus. We are the branches, and He is the vine. If we remain in Jesus, we will produce a lot of fruit. But apart from Him, we can do nothing. What does your fruit look like?