20th August 2017

The Fruit of the Vine 

“‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remains in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. … This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.’”
John 15:5, 8 (NIV UK) 

For the last ten thousand years human beings have harvested grapes to create wine. It’s a difficult process that takes an experienced vintner, good soil and perfect timing. The wine-maker prunes the vines, checking for signs which signal the exact day or night when the grapes will be ready for harvest. It’s a lot of hard work, but when it’s done perfectly, it’s worth the effort.

Jesus was no stranger to great wine. His first miracle was changing water into some of the best wine ever tasted. But his familiarity goes deeper than that. In the gospel of John, he describes his relationship with each of us like this: “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” (John 15:1–2).

Just like a healthy vine, Jesus provides a steady flow of life to us, while God the Father acts as a loving vintner, knowing when and where to prune unhealthy, dying branches so that we might grow more fully and in the right direction. And of course, all of this is so that we might “bear good fruit”— the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. Fruit that leads to all the other fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But, as a great wine, the process of transforming our lives from broken vessels into finished works of redemption can take a long time and can feel difficult and even painful along the way. Fortunately, we have a patient, wise, and loving saviour who is both vine and vintner, guiding the process of our redemption with grace and love. 

Prayer
Gracious Father, please help us to remain attached to you, drawing from you the life-giving spiritual nourishment we need daily. We cannot bear spiritual fruit apart from you; and you want us to bear much fruit. This we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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