As I was trimming the branches of a tree that I have hunted out of for more than 20 years the other day a thought hit me. I have been cutting branches off this tree for all these years and the tree continues to be sturdy and grow stronger with each year. Then I was reminded of the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel.
“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 15:5
I have never cut a branch off that lived once it was separated from the tree (vine).
You see the branch is dependant on the tree. It must have the life giving nutrients that the tree absorbs from its deep roots. The life of the branch is hinged on the ability of the tree to provide exactly what it needs to be productive.
That is why Jesus said He was the vine. He is the only one who can provide every need for you and me. He is the source of the abundant eternal life that He came to give us. He is the only source of peace, strength, courage, healing, forgiveness and grace.
Be encouraged today to stay connected to THE VINE. Let nothing cut you loose from His shelter and care.
Stay in Him!