READ : John 15:1-11
I am the true vine, my Father is the vinedresser . . . you are the branches. (vv. 1,
What good is a vine? I certainly have no experience with caring for vineyards or
cultivating grapes, but I know that furniture is not crafted from vines. Grapevines aren’t
planted primarily to provide shade or produce firewood. They have only one purpose.
Grapevines are to produce fruit. That’s what Jesus is talking about in this passage.
But what is the fruit we are to be bearing? Simply put, it is the life of Jesus. The
fruit, in essence, is the character of Jesus Christ. And the more the Father sees his
Son’s likeness perfected in his children, the more he is glorified (v. 8).
But how is this fruit grown? Jesus answers by commanding us to abide in him. Nine times
in these eleven verses he refers to abiding. What does that mean? I once heard a preacher
define the abiding life as maintaining constant (steady, continual) conscious (thoughtful,
purposeful awareness) communion with Christ (a deepening relationship through faith).
As we abide in Christ, the fruit of his character will be produced in us. And, says
Jesus, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (v. 8). How pleased is
the Father with the fruit your life displays?
Father, do whatever is necessary to make me more like Jesus.