Focus/Meditate On This:
The Vine Life is living life where you totally depend on Jesus for everything because He is the supplier. In John Chapter 15, Jesus is talking with His then-Jewish disciples in what theologians call “The Upper Room Discourse.” Jesus knows it is time for Him to go to the cross, and He shares with them intimate information and details about His ministry that He has not shared before. He lets them know, as well as believers today, what life in Him is all about. He says, “I am the vine and you are the branches,” using an illustration of something in the natural to explain something in the spirit. As believers, our lives depend on and are intricately intertwined in Jesus.
“I AM” the True Vine. Jesus says in John 15:1,”I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman” (vinedresser, farmer, owner of the orchard). Jesus says “true” vine because, in the Old Testament (Psalm 80:8), Israel was like a vine to supply the knowledge of God, the wisdom of God and the fruits of God to all the nations around them. But, instead of showing other people the true and living God, they compromised and did what other people did. They did not let their light shine. So what Jesus is saying to His Jewish disciples then as well as to believers today is, I am the authentic, real Israel (true vine) you should look to now – not the old religious system. Jesus is the new and living way (Hebrews 10:20)!
You Are the Branches. Jesus tells us believers we are branches connected to Him, the true and living vine. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away (airo – Greek, lifts, elevates), and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth (kathairo – Greek, to cleanse, to wash) it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). When branches (believers) are down on the ground and can’t bear fruit, Jesus says He lifts them up; and He cleanses (purgeth) them so they can bring forth more fruit. It’s the nature of the branches to cling and intertwine with one another. The vine supplies the water, nutrients, converts the sun’s energy into food for the branches and produces the fruit. The branches do not produce the fruit; the branches just bear (support, hold up) the fruit (John 15:4). When it’s time to bring forth the fruit, we just trust the vine that He will supply the bud, the leaves and the fruit. We don’t worry about the rain, the sun, what kind of fruit, if it’s red fruit or yellow fruit. We just trust and know the vine (Jesus) will do His part. When it is harvest time, the vinedresser (Father God) will not blame us if the fruit is good or bad; God puts all the responsibility on the vine (Jesus).
Abide in Jesus. God wants us to abide in Jesus. Abide means to stay where you are, stay put, stay in place, to remain. In other words, the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and put our trust in Christ, God puts us in Jesus; and, there we are abiding forever in Christ. Now, all we have to do is stay in Jesus. First Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus.” It is God who put us in Jesus; now all we have to do is stay (abide) in Jesus. And because we are abiding, when faced with stressful situations, we rest (Hebrews 4:11). We don’t struggle trying to figure things out because we know the more we struggle, the more we are hindering and stopping or cutting off the flow of the sap and the juices from the vine, i.e. falling from grace (Galatians 5:4). We look to the Lord, knowing His Holy Spirit works in us both the willingness and the performance of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). We say, “Your peace Lord, Your wisdom Lord, Your strength Lord!”
Think It, Believe It, Say It, Possess It: Thank You Lord Jesus for being the true vine and allowing me to be a branch and abide in You. I trust and depend totally on You for the manifestation of fruit in my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.