John 15:4 NIV
The Bible Says... “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Just a Dash
My parents have a peach tree in their backyard that yields small peaches that we use to make preserves during the summer months. We watch the peaches grow during the spring and ripen through the summer, waiting for them to mature enough for picking.
Each peach is connected to the tree, its source of nourishment, through branches that keep the fruit lifted off the ground. By remaining connected to the tree, the peaches continue to be fed the nutrients they need to thrive.
As it is with peaches, the nature of all fruit is to abide in its vine, which gives it life. For any living thing to bear fruit is evidence that it is connected to a living vine. As long as the fruit remains connected to its vine, the life within the vine is able to sustain that fruit. However, the moment fruit is plucked from its vine, it immediately begins to die. It no longer has the protection it had when it was connected and is subject to the harsh, and often unstable, elements of the world.
As the scripture suggests, as long as we remain in Christ, his life sustains us. That is to say, there is no life without Christ. As long as we remain in Christ we continue to live full lives
A Pinch More
You are known by the fruit you bear, and the fruit you bear has everything to do with the vine you are connected to. What vines were you connected to this past year? Did they suck the life out of you, leaving you dry and depleted? Or were you connected to vines that had been pruned and allowed you to bear good fruit?
Origin Date 31 Dec 2018