John 15:1-2 says: “I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”
What do you think Jesus meant when he told this parable? In this analogy, he likened himself to a vine and the fruit bearing branches were his disciples. God is the farmer — the vine grower — and he cultivates the vineyard. He tends to it and sees that it gets water for nourishment, and he loves to see the good results of his work.
The grapes hang on the branches, and what Jesus is saying is that the disciples should receive their strength from Jesus as he is the true and die.
You can tell a good tree by the fruit it bears, and you can tell a good Christian by the loving, caring, compassionate life he or she leads.
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How do we treat others? This is a great issue for Christ — how we treat others. The fruits of your life will be measured by the love, compassion and eating attitude you have toward others.
Jesus said that “the branch cannot bear fruit on its own.” Branches that do not remain in the vine will not produce fruit. Jesus is our source of life; without Jesus we are nothing.
We should cultivate a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Abide in me and I in you.” He is saying you should let Christ work in you and you in him. We are on this Earth to do his work. He will give us the strength, wisdom and grace to do that work and be his bands and feet on this Earth. We receive our nourishment from Christ so that we may grow in love for others and be able to do his work.
There is so much other “stuff” in life that we think we need to have, and that leaves no room for Christ. All we need is Christ. Put him first and he will provide all the nourishment needed for us to be able to serve him and his children. Remember, we have a job to do. It may be that some of us are able to do a lot for the Lord and others are only able to help a little, but that is alright. Your work for the Lord does not have to be recognized by the whole world. God will see your good works and bless you.
So let us plant seeds of love, asking the Lord that his love may flow through us to others.
Let us plant seeds of joy, and when you live in the joy of the Lord, you can have expectations that the Lord will do something great in your life and through you to others.
Plant seeds of peace and patience. Plant seeds of kindness and goodness, of gentleness, self-control and faithfulness.
My prayer for you is that our Lord’s faithfulness will continue to grow strong in you, and that your faithfulness will strengthen everyone you touch and will inspire others to a greater faithfulness.
I pray that you will have a blessed Christmas and be a blessing to others.