Week 44 The Vine and The Branches
August 12, 2013
The Vine and The Branches
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.
- John 15:5
The parable of the vine tells about how we are like branches that cling on unto the Lord being the true vine that he is. He is the source of everything there is in our lives. Anything we can see, touch smell or just be inclined with our very senses are all brought about through him. He is our creator and right from the start, we are the works of his hand. Nothing has been made without his knowing. As the true vine, he is the great provider anyone can have. His wonders are beyond measure and his greatness knows no bound. From the very beginning, he have been here and time is a matter that is well accounted for as he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Considering now a part of a tree, it is one that serves as a way of expanding its range into accommodating more into its presence and it is no surprise for it to be a branch. A component of a leafy and woody wonder we see every day, it holds essential to support the leaves to bring about much sunshine into its system. They come in sizes depending on the usage they are in. They obviously aren’t all the same though they have the same woody skin covering them. For one’s information, large branches are known as boughs while small ones are referred to as twigs which are very popular for kids playing with bushes.
Being with the Lord as the true vine and we as branches, the blessings he pours out on us are well taken up. His will upon our lives will be made to completion along with his love for us. Staying obedient to his word is an act we ought to be part of our daily walk as we seek out his wonderful goodness as the years gone by. Looking closely to what tomorrow may bring with him guiding us, we will eventually see how he molds us to the person he wants us to be. Abiding in him;
…We faithfully grow.
The Lord is seeking out the best in us. He looks after us with sincerity that he is making ways to nurture us to our fullest. For us to be able to grow maturity, we must stay true to his word. It is only by being in his goodness that we would be able to see how he works wonders in our lives.
…We feel secure.
In an old thought that a friend told to me, he said ‘why worry when you can pray?’. Indeed it is a good reminder that anytime we can talk to the Lord about our concerns and part of this implies how we can be comfortable knowing he is looking after us in the things we do. He watches over us and making our path straight, he guides his children into the right way. We feel his warm embrace on us as we are safe in his arms.
…We bear much fruit.
His goodness will eventually reflect in our lives that we will be able to bear good works for his glory. In the expansion of his kingdom, we are his servants bringing about the good news that is in him. He gave us talents we ought to use for his glory and bringing them to the fullest can only be made real with him on our side.
If you cut off a branch from a tree, it is obvious what would soon happen next. The branch would not last long. We all know how once this woody matter being part of the tree now starts to decay. With no nutrients coming in, how can it cope up with the changing times? The seasons of chill and warm will be upon it causing it be soon out nowhere to be seen as what was once it pleasantly hangs to the vine. Now it is nothing. Its functions are seized and its survival hang in uncertainty.
Having the Lord as one’s personal Lord and savior will prove to be such a great gift into a person’s life. His desire is for us to be upright in his sight and he has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. May we be branches that show of his wonderful love.