All Connections Aren’t Equal
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, King James Version)
One of my childhood memories was of my neighbor, Mr. Williams, pruning his grapevines. Of course, at the time I was too young to understand what he was doing even though he explained it. Cutting back branches to promote new growth for fruit or flowers was foreign to my ears. I just knew he loved taking care of his plants and I loved eating the grapes. It was always very curious how Mr. Williams would cut down, throw out, and sometimes burn what seemed like random branches. He completely got rid of the bad fruit and branches that were no longer fruitful.
Just like Mr. Williams pruned his garden, and a mother lovingly continues to prune (or encourage to righteousness) a child throughout his or her life, God loves us and continues to prune us so we produce good fruit. In John 15:1-2, Jesus said, “I am the true Vine, and my Father is the Gardener. He lops off every branch that doesn’t produce. And he prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.” In verse 5 Jesus went on to say, “Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing.” Now that I understand what pruning is, I see that Mr. Williams was doing as God does—cutting off every branch that does not bear fruit. Seek God today to determine how you can bear more fruit.
LORD, thank you for bringing me into your vineyard. Help me to stay connected and be a more productive part of the vineyard. Root out everything in me that’s not like you in Jesus’ name so I represent you to your glory. Amen.