“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”
Time and again I return to Jesus teaching of the Vine. It is the first passage of Scripture that I intentionally studied and it still continues to inspire, refresh and delight me. It is filled with the grace and love of the Lord.
The key to life is our relationship with the Lord Jesus. If we are ‘connected’ to Him then His life flows into us. We also have access to our new identity and to the spiritual blessings that God has given to us in Christ.
As His life impacts ours and His Spirit flows into and through us then He brings transformation and new fruit – different to that which we produced through our old fallen nature. What a joy to know that this fruit is a product of His life touching our lives and not the work of our own stress and strain. His fruit is real and comes from within – it is not a display of glossy and artificial baubles hanging on our exterior like a Christmas tree and hiding the lack of true life inside. And whilst His work in me flourishes best with my prayerful co-operation it remains His work and not mine.
The most important part of our relationship is that I stay close to Him, focussed on Him, loving, listening and responding to Him and trusting Him. His life then flows more freely into mine, His fruit appears and His things happen in and through me.
“Be still – and know that I am God”
Thank You Lord Jesus for being the Vine to my branch. Thank You for Your life that flows into me, Your Spirit touching mine and Your fruit growing out. Thank You for Your beauty and love, gentleness and power, glory and majesty in me. Amen.