Think of yourself as a vine. Some of your vines are long and curly. Those vines have many leaves on them and grow fruit. Then there are the vines that are brown and wrinkled. Those vines are dead and bear no leaves or fruit. The vines that are connect to God, are the ones that bear fruit. Those that are dead are connected to our flesh. In order to bear fruit, we need to be connected to the true vine, Christ.
There are so many things in my own life that can get in between me and God. Those things include movies, television, books, and so on. I’m a sucker for stories. But if I am watching things that displease God, that can cause my vines to not bear fruit. Truly, what we put into our minds and our bodies is what comes out. We need to be wary of those things if we want to be a part of the true vine. John 15: 4-5 says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As you cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me, 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.”
Without being a part of God, we can do nothing. All that we do, without Him, is pointless. If our branches do not bear fruit, they, “wither and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned (Verse 6).” So we need to find the branches, the things in our life that are not pleasing to God, and remove them. Not only that, but we need to replace the bad with the good. With Christ in our lives, he gives us a purpose and gives us fruit.
- Intern Pastor Jc Pappan