Deeper Day 68: The Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch on me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  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.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:1-11

On this Sunday, I encourage you to meditate upon these verses.  I can read them over and over again and still discover new things.

-We are pruned whether we are a good branch or not.  Pruning is necessary for growth.  So, lean into pruning seasons.

-We cannot bear fruit apart from God.  Stay in Him and you will be fruitful in all seasons.

-If we remain in God, then all we ask will be given to us.

-It’s to God’s glory that we bear much fruit.

-We are loved. We must remain in that love.  If we obey Him, we remain in that love.

-Jesus taught us all of this so we could have joy, completely.

That’s all such good news.


Prayer Moment:  Take time to meditate on this scripture and ask God to reveal secrets within them to you.  He is willing to show you His secrets, if you only ask and then listen.