““I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NKJV
Sitting here in the emergency room waiting to be treated for a painful abscess on my teeth. Not how I wanted to spend my Sunday morning, but I give thanks even through the pain I’m in. So instead of hurt doing nothing, I thought I’d hurt and share this with you.
I remember cutting down some wild vines on the property of the church I attend. After I cut the vines down, I went to get something to haul them to the trash bin, but I found something else to do along the way.
I finally made it back to those vines an hour later and I noticed those vines had withered and the leaves started turning brown.
Immediately the thought of this passage came to my thoughts. Right before my eyes, the Lord gave me a powerful illustration and a better understanding of His words.
In plant life, the vine brings nourishment to the branches. If it’s a fruit vine, the fruit will be fed and grow to be used in our diet. If it’s a flowering vine, the branches will produce leaves and flowers that are pleasing to our eyes. If the branch is severed from the vine, it no longer produces, dries up and withers away.
As long as were connected to the vine (Jesus), we will be spiritually nourished to benefit all aspects in the lives of other people. We are connected to the vine through obedience to His commandments. When we disconnect ourselves by returning to the ways of the world, we become spiritually malnourished, dry up and whither away.
Stay connected to the true vine – Jesus and experience life and experience it more abundantly.