(July 19, 2021) Geraldine Brandt shares from her heart graciously on a vital issue…
Jesus made it clear in John 15: 1-2,4-5 that the Father wants his children to be fruitful… ‘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… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.’
We tend to skip over ‘while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes …’! But three things are outstandingly clear –
- If we remain (abide, an action verb!) in him, we will bear fruit.
- Although bearing fruit, the Father will prune us so we’ll be even more fruitful.
- A twice-mentioned warning… remain in him otherwise we cannot bear fruit, do nothing!
More abundant than before
Have you ever seen a pruned grape vine? It is quite brutally cut back to the main trunk so that it would appear there are no branches at all remaining, just the main trunk. You would be forgiven for thinking the pruning was too much, the vine dresser had gone too far and there would be no fruit for the coming hasrvest season.