The Ultimate Connection

"I am the true Vine, and my Father is the Gardener. He lops off every branch that doesn't produce. And he prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops. He has already tended you by pruning you back for greater strength and usefulness by means of the commands I gave you. Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. For a branch can't produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me.

"Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can't do a thing. If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned. But if you stay in me and obey my commands, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! My true disciples produce bountiful harvests. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15: 1-8 (TLB)

Renae Aberdeen lives in Indiana. She grew up on the island of Trinidad. Some of the agricultural crops there included pumpkin, watermelon, passion fruit, and tomatoes. All these fruits grow on vines.

In John 15, Jesus spoke about a vineyard. The purpose of the vine is to provide support and to send food and water to the branches. As long as the branches are connected to the vine, they will bear fruit. Occasionally the gardener must prune the branches. This process is important because it maintains the health of the branches, strengthens them, and encourages the branches to produce more fruit.

Jesus is our vine and we are his branches. As long as we are connected to Jesus, we will be provided with the nourishment, support, and love that we need to live as true followers of Christ. Staying connected to Jesus involves studying the Bible, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. The Holy Spirit works within us to bear fruit. Our fruit consists of godly actions such as forgiveness and compassion. Our obedience to Jesus' commands brings glory to God.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus, for giving us your strength and support. Help us to remain connected to you so that we may bear much fruit, in Your name we pray, amen.

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