Growing up in Niagara, I’ve always loved to drive by the vineyards and look out at the long rows of grapes. There are always too many rows of vines to even begin counting. I’ve always been fascinated by the large machines designed to fit between the rows so that they can trim away the unnecessary branches. Hundreds of branches are cut off and cleared away.
Can you imagine the amount of work it takes to care for those vines so that the very best fruit can grow? Pruning is hard but necessary work. When the branches of the vines are left unattended, they grow out of control, choking the plants and reducing or even destroying the quality of the grapes. The branches that remain on the vine after pruning are the only ones that are able to produce fruit.
In John 15, Jesus used this very example to teach us how to live in His will. Jesus said “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. Jesus explained that He is, in fact, the True Vine in our own lives. Without Him, we are like the pruned branches on the ground that cannot produce anything good on their own. We are hopeless unless we remain connected to Jesus
So, what does it look like to bear fruit in our own lives? Jesus explained that fruit is the consequence of prayer, obedience and witnessing in His name, and is ultimately to the Father’s glory! Be reminded today that when we remain in Jesus, He will also remain in us and empower us to glorify God in all that we do!
• What is something that you need God to prune out of your life so that you can bear better fruit?