Scripture Reading: John 15:1–8
Key Verse: John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
What kinds of sounds do you hear in a grape arbor or other fruit orchard? You can probably hear birds chirping, the wind rustling through leaves, and many other usual outdoor sounds.
You do not hear the sounds of the vines or trees groaning and straining. The plants are not laboring to produce their fruit; the fruit just comes out of the branches naturally as a part of the growing process. The vine does not have to concentrate on producing grapes. When the vine is healthy and has all the water and nutrients it needs, the grapes come forth.
Jesus compared your life to the branches on a grapevine. He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 nasb).
The secret to fruit producing is as basic for you as it is for a real grapevine: stay attached to the Vine and focus all of your energy and attention to simply being there, or abiding, in Christ. Worship Him, praise Him, meditate on His words, seek solitude in Him, and let yourself be absorbed into His purposes.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, who bears testimony that you are attached to the Vine, your “grapes” will grow. Your fruit is a direct reflection of the quality of your relationship with Christ.
Precious Lord, help me give up groaning and straining and simply learn to abide. I’m tired of trying to do it in myself. Produce Your fruit in me.