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