by Jas Neale

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

(John 15:1-2; 5)

We see all throughout scripture that Jesus spoke to His people using real-life examples they could connect to easily. Different religious practices in the first century had many complicated rules and practices; the good news Jesus was bringing needed to be clear.

Vineyards are often used symbolically in scripture because they were an important part of Hebrew culture. The illustration of pruning branches so others could receive nourishment and growth made sense to those Jesus was speaking to, and it’s just as relevant for you and me today.

Jesus speaks of two things here: refining and remaining. The refining process can be uncomfortable and messy. Being truly honest with ourselves about what we need to cut loose from our lives to spiritually grow isn’t always easy, but the good news is we don’t have to do this process alone. We can partner with Jesus, the true vine, and if we remain close to Him, He promises we will bear much fruit and be great witnesses of His love and goodness to the world.

Take some time today to ask Jesus if there’s anything that needs to be refined in your life, the discomfort is temporary, and the fruit will be well worth it!


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