“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.”
Jesus words reveal this wonderful relationship between himself and the Father. We’ve seen before how the Father tends to every detail, simply so the Vine can bear fruit.
A few weeks ago I began to think over something a vinedresser does. If you’ve ever looked into what they do, you will know that one aspect of caring for a vine is to train the branches.
It’s important for a vinedresser to train the branches. The branches are trained to grow in the direction the vinedresser wants them to. This is so they will bring forth the best quality fruit possible.
As branches of the True Vine, we are in the care of the Vinedresser. He trains us, directs us where he wants us to go and bear fruit. He knows everything. We simply “remain.”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
There is one purpose of a branch of the Vine. To remain and bear fruit. Those are not separate things, they are one thing. Branches that remain in the True Vine, and in whom Life remains, bear fruit.
That is the wonderful consequence of Life flowing!
The fruit that the Vine produces is of himself. It is who he is. The fruit of Love for those who feel unloved. The fruit of Peace for those dis-eased. The fruit of Joy for those who are sad and upset. The fruit of Life for those who feel dead and buried!
And so, branches that remain bear the fruit of Jesus himself, having been trained to go where the Father wants them to. Nothing is coincidence for a branch of the Vine.
It’s why trust is so important. We allow ourselves to be cared for and trained by the Vinedresser, trusting that he knows best and knows exactly what he’s doing for the Vine to bear fruit.
He knows where and when the fruit is produced. He has that all in hand.
If we remain, we are the Vine. Yes, we are branches, but we too are the Vine as his Life flows through us. We should never lose our understanding of our place as branches. Jesus is so clear at highlighting what the Father is, what he is, and what we are. But we should embrace our oneness with Jesus, knowing that “As he is, so also are we in this world.” That only in remaining are we the Vine also.
Let’s each of us put ourselves into the care of the Vinedresser. He prepares us, prunes us, and trains us to bear fruit. He will direct us if we remain in the Vine, and the Vine in us.
Eat the Bread, drink the Living Water.