“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:1-11 NLT
What a beautiful imagery Jesus created for us in this passage. What captures your attention the most? The gardener, the grapevine, the branches, or the production of fruit?
If we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves focused on our need to be fruit bearers. We may even spend a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what it is we need to do in order to produce the most fruit.
However, Jesus makes our focus plain: we are to remain…abide…stay connected to Him (the vine). The branches simply display the fruit the vine produces. Our job is to remain in Jesus, trusting Him to produce His fruit through us.
Sunday - John 15:1-11
Monday - Isaiah 40:28-31
Tuesday - Matthew 11:28-30
Wednesday - John 14:23
Thursday - John 1:36-39
Friday - John 14:27
Saturday - Colossians 1:9-10
Father, as I abide in Christ, do your work in my life. Lord, produce the kind of fruit in and through me that will glorify you and draw others to you. Thank you God for grafting me into the vine and for pruning me in order that I might grow and produce much fruit. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts