“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. “
Bright and early Wednesday morning, I received a text from Wendy. I want to share some of it with you:
“I’m out watering my garden, some peace and enjoyment with my flowers. I was watering and “dead-heading” my flowers and thought how lucky we are that God doesn’t dead-head us when we don’t produce or thrive for him. That God doesn’t just walk through and whack off the ones who don’t believe in him. Or take out those who don’t know him, or ignore him, or have backslid. So that his flock would have no more naysayers and thrive more. Or would we?
Maybe in helping others to know God we are also helping our own faith get stronger. Have a beautiful day, my friend!”
With a smile, I thought, no, God doesn’t pop off our heads when we fail him. In fact, the Bible says quite the opposite is true. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Our spiritual water and nutrients all come from him, and apart from him we can do nothing. But with him, he promises we will produce much fruit. And, as his people, we are stronger together, because Jesus is our unifying force who keeps us all together in Spirit.
Thank you Wendy for this great story that reminds us of both God’s great love and care, and his forgiveness!
Thoughts for Reflection
- In what areas do you feel most connected to God, and where are you seeing the fruit of the Spirit in your life?
- Are there areas in your life in which you feel detached from the Vine or “cut off” from God?
- What is one thing you can do for yourself this week that will keep you more attached?
Blessings for your day,