Sometimes it really helps to read a children’s bible. Today, I read Jesus’ teaching about The Vine and the Branches and the message was so simple. The author explained things this way: “You, as branches of my vine, are pruned by hearing my teachings. Stay close to me and I will stay close to you. Remember that a branch cannot grow fruit if it is cut off from the vine that provides it food and water. In the same way, you can’t be fruitful if you are not connected to me. Without me you can do nothing. So, if you cut off your relationship to me, you will end up being thrown away because you are useless. Stay close to me, study my words, know me, and your prayers will be answered. My followers produce good fruit and that brings my Father joy!”
In order to produce good fruit and please God, the Father, we must stay connected to Jesus. We must abide in Him and in His Words. We must be doers and not just hearers of His Word. We must be like the wise man who built his house on the rock and not like the foolish man who built his on the sand. Jesus is our Source–our lifeline. Without Him we are like chaff.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Matthew 5:13). Unless we stay connected to Jesus we will lose our flavor and be useless.
Stay connected to Jesus, the Light so that “…your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Stay connected to the Vine. There is life in the Vine.