Recently I was walking in a wine-growing area that produces grapes (of course!), and I remember what Jesus said when he talked about grapevines and about us.
Everyone who heard Jesus knew exactly what he was talking about because there were – and still are – vines all over the Israel.
In John’s gospel, chapter 15, verses 1 to 5, Jesus says, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you…the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.”
If a branch is no longer attached to the trunk, the leaves will not grow, and we see neither fruit nor flowers. The branch dries up, dies and is only good for making a fire. It’s obvious really!
The fruit from the vine is the grapes. The wine-grower plants each vine in a sunny spot and in good soil. He takes care of the vine. He removes the weeds and the branches that are no good. All that work to have beautiful bunches of grapes that will be enjoyed by whoever eats them.
And God takes care of you just as the wine-grower looks after the vines he has planted. He won’t allow little foxes, or weeds or anything else to spoil his work.
Jesus also says, “My father is the wine-grower. And you are like that vine.”
Through the Holy Spirit and through God’s Word, you will become more and more like the person God made you to be. Fantastic!
Listen again to what Jesus says, “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” The vine has its roots firmly in the good soil and through it, good food, the sap, feeds the branches. From good sap, we get good grapes.
Thanks to God’s Word, Jesus, we can be just like good fruit, by showing Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control to others.
It’s sometimes difficult to show good fruit to others, but even though every bit of fruit is small, with all other the other bits it becomes something perfect. It’s like that with you and for every person who sticks close to God’s Word and carries on reading the Bible, praying, and loving Jesus.
God’s Spirit wants to live in your heart and help you every day, so that the people you meet will see some of God’s glory, and you will become more and more joyful.