And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 After having made three tries and failed, the devil departed from Jesus. A defeat didn’t end his attempts. The retreat only meant he went to the shadows to regroup. Luke says that he departed from Jesus until …
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 It’s hard to trust something or someone that you can’t see. Jesus knew that and and said that those of us who place all our confidence in Him will be blessed. Faith …
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass like a willows by the watercourses. Isaiah 44:3 Children grew up faster in the first century. Jesus knew, …
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10 If each of us is a container for the Spirit of God to live His life, why is He not on full display through the people of His church? I’m convinced that life …
As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30 Truth and love are always paired in the context of the Gospel. God speaks that way and as His child, I am asked to communicate with others like …
May 19, 2017
I am the true vine. John 15:1
For a vine to produce fruit, it must first be planted in the earth. God knew that and placed his Son here. Jesus lived, laughed, wept, made friends, and was betrayed here. Through it all he became our friend. If we cultivate a relationship with him, we will enjoy spiritual riches.
Because he was planted as the Vine, he made it possible for us to be grafted to him. When we are, we flourish and begin to bear the spiritual fruit for which we were born. This brings a profound sense of well-being not found anywhere else.
If we are grafted to any other vine, the fruit may look good but will eventually be revealed as counterfeit. Time spent attached to the wrong vine will result in a river of tears when its fruit is finally exposed. We will grieve over wasted years and suffer disillusionment.
The vine of other relationships will leave us wanting, for other people cannot give all that our souls need. The vine of prestige will be satisfying momentarily, but the fickle public will replace us with someone new and better in their eyes. The vine of materialism will offer us trappings that look good, but they will become obsolete or wear out over time.
Only the true Vine can nourish us with everlasting life. “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness.” Hosea 2:19-20 Such connection to Christ will bear fruit identical to his. WE will be righteous, just loving, compassionate, and faithful. If we lack anything of Jesus, we may be grafted to a wrong vine. Time to do some gardening.
Jesus, I want to be completely grafted to You. Amen
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. John 20:14 Nothing short of seeing Jesus would make Mary stop crying. Two angels appeared earlier, and though she experienced a conversation with heavenly beings, her weeping continued. She had a one-track mind, and it was …