The Vine existed long before the branches ever grew, and He sacrificially shared His love and life with us (1 John 4:19).
Separated from the Vine, we can do nothing (John 15:5); so we choose to fully commit to our abiding union with the Vine (John 15:16).
As God’s Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ, we abide in His abundant love forever. We keep His commandments and love our friends, relatives, associates and neighbors with the love of the Lord (Matthew 22:37-39; John 15:10; 2 Timothy 3:2; Romans 1:30).
The evidence of our union with the Vine (John 15:13) is our obedience to Him as He gradually renews our heart and replaces in us our negative habits and personality issues with the fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
We rest in His grace and renew our strength as we wait on Him (Isaiah 40:31). His Spirit directs us each moment of the day (John 16:13). We increase God’s Kingdom by our obedience to Him and His Word (Mark 4:26).
Our Father God is the dresser of the vines. He prunes the branches of all dead limbs in order to improve fruitfulness (John 15:1-6). The fruit that we are called to bear come from God’s Spirit and depend on our relationship with our Vine (Galatians 5:22-23).
Our connection to the Vine includes our association with, dependence on and endurance through Christ in us. We come to associate with Christ through salvation, we learn to depend on Him rather than on our human resources, and we stand forever through His eternal life in us (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Without connection, there is no salvation; without dependence there is no power, life, supply, competence, etc.; without endurance, there is no everlasting union with the presence of God’s Word – the person of Jesus Christ, who abides within us (John 8:31-32).
Father God, Your fruit in our life is proof of our faith in You (James 2:14-26). We abide in You, but You also abide in us, completing the sanctifying work of holiness, which You started in us at salvation (Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13). Let us never break our connection with Your Vine.
The life we receive through Your presence in our spirit is not paralleled by anything this world has to offer. Help us to exhibit affection for others, an exuberance about life, serenity through the storms, determination and patience, a compassionate heart, and kindness that pervades our entire being (Galatians 5:22-23).
Thought for the Day:
We trust that God has this world in His control, and that He has a perfect timetable for its culmination and the renewal of all things; therefore, we commit to live humbly in service to Him and to others, as His Spirit continually guides us through each moment of our life.
– Daniel 4:17; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 10:4