Lent Devotions 2012: Thursday 29th March

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The True Vine

Here Jesus is reminding His disciples that in order to bear fruit they must be connected to the vine, Jesus Christ. Growing grapes was something all the disciples would have been familiar with. They would understand that if a branch was cut away from the vine it would not bear any fruit. It would be the same as cutting an apple tree branch. Unless the branch is connected to the tree it cannot live and bear fruit.

Jesus is not only talking about bringing others to know Christ, He is talking about our prayer life (verse 7), the joy we have in our lives (verse 11), and the love we give (verse 12). He is most likely also talking about the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1:5-8.

If we want to “bear” this kind of fruit in our lives – answers to prayer, joy despite our circumstances, and sacrificial love for others – we need to be attached to the vine, Jesus Christ. In order to be attached to Jesus Christ, we need to believe that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. Going to church, spending time in worship and in fellowship with other believers, spending time in prayer and reading God’s word will keep us connected to the vine. Then we will see much fruit in our lives and God will be glorified.

I am so thankful, Lord, that Jesus is the true vine and that I am one of His branches. Forgive me when I get so caught up with my life that I do not take time to stay connected to the vine. Help me to glorify You, Lord, with my life by bearing much fruit.