“‘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’ long teachings that speak of the gardener or farmer, the seed, the plant, or the harvest, resonate with us. When He calls us branches of a vine, He is reminding us that without Him we have no spiritual life at all. The person tending grapevines knows that the branches which are not bearing fruit need to be cut away completely. Even the fruit-bearing ones must be pruned so they will be more fruitful in the end. What a perfect analogy for our lives as Christians. It is essential that we remain connected to Jesus, the true vine, our source of eternal life.
Paul wrote to the Colossians about the importance of abiding in Christ. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught” (2:7). As we remain in and abide in Christ, we can know the full joy of being rooted in Him. Our salvation is sure.
Spend time daily in the presence of Christ. You’ll be spiritually nourished and will continue to grow as you abide in Him.
“into the thirst of an empty soul, the streams of living waters flow. Ever thirsting is the secret of never thirsting.” (Andrew Murray, 1882)