What a Grapevine Tells us About a Relationship with Jesus
Of all the metaphors in the Bible that can help us better understand our relationship with God (Shepherd/sheep, Potter/clay, Father/children), one of my all-time favorites is that of the Vine and branches. For some reason, this comparison just helps me get it.
When Jesus taught His disciples about how important it would be for them to stay close to Him, to remain in a zone of close fellowship, He used the grapevine and branch illustration. He said:
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. John 15:5
Visualize this and think about it for five seconds. Jesus is the vine and you are the branch coming off that vine where the fruit will appear… Jesus made it plain and simple that fruitfulness would depend on proximity. Stay close to Him and bear fruit. Drift away and dry up.
It seems like every day there are a thousand things trying to rip us apart from the Vine. Hectic schedules, worries about an unresolved issue, rude people – all of these can make it difficult to abide in Christ. But it is those very things that can serve as reminders of how much we need Him!
As Warren Wiersbe puts it, “This abiding relationship is natural to the branch and the vine, but it must be cultivated in the Christian life. It is not automatic. Remaining in Christ demands worship, meditation on God’s Word, prayer, sacrifice, and service…”
This blog exists to be a resource that will help you stay close to Jesus, the Vine.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.