I caught the tail-end of Charles Stanley's broadcast this morning and he was in John 15 where Jesus is talking about the vine and the branches. Dr. Stanley said something so profound to me I had to repeat it. It was one of those light-come-on moments. The kind where something clicks and speaks to you right where you are.
In the passage, Jesus (God) is the vine and we (Believers) are the branches. The branches exist for no other reason, but to do the bidding of the vine. The branches have no life outside of the vine. If the branch is thirsty, it is the vine whose roots reach into the ground and give it water. The branch doesn't worry if it is cold outside or how many grapes it needs to grow. The vine takes care of the harvest and the vine weathers the cold, the branch exists for the sole purpose of bearing the fruit which the vine produces.
When we abide in the vine (Jesus), we can weather the storms life throws our way because we are grafted to the vine. The wind may blow, but we will remain attached to the vine because its roots are deep and strong. I know this in my head, but for some reason today this hit my heart. Thank You Father that your Word is alive and active in our lives.
|I know this isn't exactly the type of vine/branch Jesus was describing in John 15,|
but what a representation of strength a root can possess and how it can
sustain it's branches...right through rocks! God is awesome :)
#162 Aha moments in life
#163 Our veterans and active service men and women who risk their lives for us
#165 My children and the unique personalities
#166 Trash cans
#167 Christian radio
#168 A servant's heart
#169 The fact James (Jesus' brother) was an unbeliever at one time
#170 Hunger for the Word, the Bread of Life