Remain in me, as I also 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 you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:4-5 NIV
John 15:4-5 says that Jesus is the true vine: bearing, nourishing, supplying, and filling you to bring forth fruit abundantly. Much like an umbilical cord, until a baby is born and the cord is cut, life is supplied to the baby through the cord. If the cord were to be disconnected prematurely, the baby wouldn’t survive.
Verse 6 says, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up,” which reflects back to verse 5 when Jesus says you can do nothing apart from Him.
A dried up branch is a stick – there is no life in it. Only when it’s attached to the vine will it produce fruit. How often have you said to God, “I’m good; I’ve got this”?
In knowing the functionality of the cord, you know that without it, a baby inside the womb wouldn’t last. Even still, you allow the enemy to break into your intimacy with the Father—using whatever he can find to affect your life —and you slowly detach yourself from the nourishing Vine, ending up lifeless sticks able to help no one, including yourself.
But God doesn’t want that for you. He wants you to be thriving, fruit-producing branches, reaching out as an extension of Himself. Moreover, even if you have something cut you off from your life-source, He’s always right there, waiting for you to come home.
- Thank God that today is a new day and no matter where you are, it’s not too late to turn to Him and have abundant, fruit-producing, nourishing life.
- If you have let circumstances steal you away from your Source, pray for God’s forgiveness, realizing that a dried-up life is no life at all.