“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.”
And who shall prune the branch; the Husbandman, the heavenly Father. It gets more interesting as we continue to study! But before we begin to think of fruit or branches, let’s fill our hearts with the faith that as glorious as the Vine, so is the Husbandman. As high as is our calling, so loving is the God who will work it all.
Where does all of this begin; with the Father, for Jesus tells us: “The Son can do nothing of Himself.” (John 5:19) Our heavenly Father plants the Vine, waters and cares for it. All that Jesus is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from God the Father!
We then are grafted into the Vine through our faith in Jesus Christ and the work begins as the sap from the Vine flows through us and Jesus produces the fruit as we abide in Him. It is not of our strength or wisdom but that of the heavenly Vine and by this God is glorified. The more we abide in Jesus, with love, time and much prayer the more fruit He brings forth. It is such a great analogy, the vine and the branch, because it helps us to understand how very important it is to know that we are in Him and He is in us, and through Him all things are possible as we faithfully “ABIDE” in the Vine.
There have been and still will be many things that the Husbandman has had to use His pruning knife on in my life, things that were displeasing to Him and did not glorify His name. This pruning takes place day by day in order that the Vine can produce fruit. Are there any things in your life that does not bring glory to the Father? I am learning that disobedience will interfere with our growth and the Vine’s ability to produce fruit. So we must have the pruning to take away the dead stubble that affects the growth of healthy fruit and much fruit!
We will share more as we continue with the Vine and the Branch and I pray it will stir your hearts to faithfully abide in Jesus.
“because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:”
2 John 1:2