Monday, February 23rd

Bearing Fruit

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus is speaking to His disciples on the night before He was to be crucified. He uses the analogy of a vine and its branches to describe the relationship between He and His followers. A vine is isn’t there for decoration. The purpose of a vine is to bear fruit. The same is true for us. We’re created to grow, to bear fruit, to become the unique masterpiece God created us to be and to accomplish everything He has for us.

Unfortunately many believers are trying to seek life-giving resources from vines that cannot fulfill. Jesus is the one true vine and we are the branches. The only way we can bear fruit is to abide or remain in Him. When we seek sustenance and support from financial gains, success, relationships, power, or popularity we are selling ourselves short – and Jesus said they will yield us nothing.

We are all works in progress. We aren’t who we once were but we aren’t who we are to become. We aren’t where we used to be but we haven’t yet arrived. Yet in the process of development and growth, Jesus promises that when we are abiding in Him we will bear much fruit.

Prayer: Jesus, You are the vine and I find my sustenance and hope in You. Help me to lay down those vines in my life that are temporary and not able to sustain and show me how to abide solely in You. Amen.

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