Vines and branches part 2

January 9th, 2012

Today I want to share another reflection on John 15:1-17 – the true vine and the branches. As I reflected on this passage I came up with three thoughts.

1. We need to remain under the Gardener’s care (v1-4)

Verses one and two talk about the Father being the gardener that trims and prunes the branches of the vine. As Christians we are the branches that are connected to the Great Vine of Jesus. Our job is to bear fruit that brings glory to God. We need to remain under the Gardener’s care and allow Him to trim and prune our areas that don’t bring forth fruit.

2. We need to remain attached to the vine (v5-8)

Just as a branch that is cut off from a tree or vine quickly withers and dies in hot sun, so do we as Christians if we lose our connection to Jesus. We remain connected to the vine by believing that Jesus is God’s Son (1 John 4:15), by remembering we are part of His eternal family (John 1:12) and by doing what God says (1 John 3:24).

3. We need to remain in God’s love (v9-17)

As Christians it is vital to stay in God’s love. How do we do this? We keep loving God with all our hearts, minds and strength (Deuteronomy¬†6:5, Matthew 22:37), we keep obeying His commandments in the Bible (John 15:10) and we keep loving one another as He has loved us (John 15:12). When we make these things a priority, we remain in God’s love.

The Results of Doing this?

The results of remaining under the gardeners care, remaining attached to the vine and remaining in God’s love are that we will bear much fruit (v5), we will walk with God as friends (v14) and our joy may be complete (v11).

God Bless,

Dave