• Doc Pardon

I Am the True Vine

Jesus said in John 15:1-2 'I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.' A couple of years ago, my wife had pruned back a rose bush at the end of our sidewalk during the late fall season. It had some branches that were not bearing roses, so she cut them back and I carried them away. During the early spring, that rose bush had so many blooms and had grown so full that it was absolutely beautiful. Why? The branches that were not producing were draining the nutrients that were provided by the roots. Those vital nutrients were needed by the branches that were producing buds, but the non-producing branches were starving the healthy branches. Pruning is used to stimulate growth and results in more blooms and a healthier plant. Pruning gets rid of the dead and diseased branches. How can we produce fruit for Jesus? By abiding in Him. Abide means to continue or stay in Him. What type of fruit should we be bearing? Galatians 5:22-23 says 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.' Matthew 7:16 says 'You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?' You cannot get oranges from apple trees. Our fruit should be showing others that we belong to Jesus Christ. This will only happen by continuing in or staying in the Word, and allowing the Word to change us from the inside out. Then the fruit will be seen, and you will know what kind of tree it is. John 15:4 says 'Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.' Your fruit will show others, who you belong to and what you believe. Are you abiding in the true vine?

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