John 15: 1 to8: “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 I will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. 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.
This is My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Captain Ashley Proctor comments: “In my garden is an old pear tree. It has served Many years, and now it is time to graft new life into the old trunk. Plants are joined through grafting, to continue their growth together, and to bear fruit. As I look at the small sticks ready to be grafted to the tree, I am remined that if I leave them too long, they will die. But connecting them to their life source will bring new life.”
So it is with us also to remain attached to the true source of life. Take people away from God, they die. It is not as a punishment that they die, it’s a fact of life. Only branches grafted into the true vine can live and bear fruit. When we allow ourselves to be grafted into the life of God, we will experience true life.
Dear Lord, please strengthen our graft to you today so that we will feel your life running through us. Thank you for ALL you do in our lives, and may we feel your love this week. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.