The Vine And Branches

27th February

I am the true grapevine and My Father is the gardener”. . . . .“Yes I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.””

John 15:1,5

Jesus in John chapter 15, gives us a picture of the vine tree as a symbolism of our position in Him. Jesus explains that He is the vine and we are the branches. The Father is the gardener and sustainer of the tree. The Father prunes the branches so that they will produce more fruit and cuts of the dead branches that don’t produce fruit. Yet the source of a tree’s fruit never comes from the branches itself, but the nutrients that are absorbed by the root of the tree. Jesus again alludes to this and reminds us ‘that we can do nothing apart from Him’. If we want to produce fruit in our lives, then we need to stay connected to the source, to Jesus Christ.

Although this is a simple illustration of who we are in Jesus, Jesus highlights again and again throughout this analogy, that we need to remain in Him. The fruit we produce is love, peace, joy, and patience. It’s kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. The great truth of the tree analogy is that we produce fruit that mirror Jesus’ character. The more we feed from Him, the more we grow in Him, the more we become like Him and produce fruit that shows Jesus through our lives. Remain in Jesus. Feed on and grow in Jesus. Remain in Him!

Mere Mortals Loved By An Omnipotent God

21st April

When I look at the night sky and see the works of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”

Psalm 8:3-4

The earth and all that is in it, is enough to convince the doubter that there is higher being who has supreme powers and is much much bigger than humanity. Yet the wonder of the earth, is that it holds all human life and intelligence as we know it, yet is just a pea shaped sized ball in comparison to the vast known and unknown universe. The stars that light up our evening skies are mere punctuation marks in God’s autobiography of the universe. There is no doubt that God is so much bigger than we could ever imagine, if by His very hands He created the universe we live in and sustains it in a perfect balance.

Yet what astounds the reader of this wonderful psalm, is the reality that the God and Creator of the universe thinks about us, mere mortals. Human life is but a passing breath in God’s understanding of time and space, yet that very breath is why He made the universe to begin with. David is right to try to understand how such a big God, loves something so small and fickle as the mortal human life.

However, the reality is, that God does love us and wants to know and have a personal relationship with us individually, even though He is a supreme and omnipotent God. We may be only mortals, yet He does care for us. He cares when we cry, laugh or shout for joy. He cares when our children get into our first choice schools, or when parents celebrate the joys of being grandparents for the first time. He cares about us getting the job we have been searching for for so long. He even cares when things don’t go according to the way we wanted them to. Why? Because He does. He created us. In fact, He created us to show us His love.

Praise God, that the creator and sustainer of humanity, who cares about us so deeply and intimately.