John 15:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
I Am... Day 5
In recent years, it has become very popular to explore one’s ancestry and to fill in the blanks on the “family tree.” We all want to know where we came from and who we are related to, and who knows, we might find someone famous in our family history. My sister took one of the popular DNA tests currently on the market to discover our ancestry and we were surprised to discover how much English ancestry is in our bloodline and how little Irish showed up. (after all our maiden name is McCarter.. you would expect to see a high % of Irish blood!)
In His final “I am..” statement, Jesus said “I am the vine.you are the branches.” By this simple statement, He claims us as His… we are branches on His family tree. But how do branches grow and produce fruit? In order for a branch to receive nourishment from the trunk of the tree, it has to be connected. A branch that is not part of the tree is not going to be fed and as such, is not going to bear fruit.
What does it take to grow or to bear good fruit? Christian author and blogger, Kelly Balaire compares growing actual fruit to bearing spiritual fruit:
- Place them in direct sunlight.
- Get into the light of God’s word and let it grow you.
- Make sure they have shelter from high winds.
- Dwell in safe places. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
- Add compost or manure to the soil.
- Pray that your heart is open to change and you’ll have the courage to endure as he does.
- Give them support, netting or canes.
- Lean up against God: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mt. 11:28
- Cut off the top of the plants.
- Let God shape you, even when it hurts: “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John. 15:2
Bearing fruit takes time. Fruit does not grow overnight, and thus it may take years for us to see the seeds we have sown grow into full ripeness. But that does not mean God is not working through us or that we should give up. Per our passage for today, whoever abides in Him will bear much fruit. How connected are you and what kind of fruit are you bringing forth?
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.