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"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."
I'm sitting here all sad and depressed because my life isn't quite the way I thought it should be right now. I crave music and my desire to sing increases daily, basically, I am not happy unless I am singing. I keep asking myself, what am I doing wrong, what am I not doing? I pray and ask God for guidance and yet I am not doing what I love. So in my sadness I turn to the only one who can bring me out, God. I begin to think about the sacrifice he made and his death on the cross and I purpose in my heart to study the crucifixion.
I write a brief note on FB about needing a word and I turn to John 19, but before I begin reading, I turn back a few chapters and I notice the subject heading "Jesus, the True Vine." Interested I begin reading and I ask myself, what is meant by vine and why would Jesus be the "True" vine? So I begin to look up definitions of vine in both Greek and English, since I love the Greek language and I am learning how to read in Greek, the Greek Geek in me had to throw that in there! :0) I note that in English vine refers to a plant whose stem requires support and in Greek it talks about Jesus and his fruit of love - redemption. It talks about how the vine imparts to its branches sap and productiveness much like Jesus infuses us with his strength and life. Without the vine we are dead!
As I continued reading the scripture says "I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes that branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more." My curious nature prompts me to ask - what are the procedures for caring for a grapevine? So I turn to my best friend Google and I ask! I began reading up on caring for a grapevine and in my research came across some great information that lends new meaning to Jesus being the True grapevine. Some of which include not allowing the vine to bear fruit in the first year because it is not strong enough to handle the fruit, and not applying fertilizer in the first year because the roots may burn. So I kept reading and researching. Once I concluded my research and finished up my notes, I went back to the scripture smiling to myself because God always answers!
Here I was about to embark on a journey of Jesus' perfect sacrifice only to end up knee deep in grape vines and Christ. I went back to the scriptures and begin writing John 15:1-4 word for word, by the time I was finished the true word God had for me was screaming at me so loud I couldn't help but give God thanks for lifting me up and giving me what I needed. It was a much needed reminder of why I am where I am and a kickstart to my journey once again.
"... you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."
Simply put and plain to see, I am so caught up in trying to survive and take care of my family that I am once again neglecting my one true vine, the one who can sustain me and place me where I need to be.
Grapes do not ripen off the vine, I need to remember to always stay connected to my source of strength! I am looking forward to writing a piece on "Jesus the True Vine", it will go into deeper details about how God cares for us as he did Jesus when he walked the earth. The word tells us "But if you remain in me and my word remains in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!"
Apart from him we can do nothing! Thank you Daddy for that word. I really needed that reminder!
Remember that God is our source for everything, go to him with your needs and he will answer. We can't expect to be fruitful apart from him, it will never happen. Trust him and always know his word. Are you in need of a pick-me-up? Open the word and let the scripture minister to you, by the time you are done you will be too busy giving God thanks to even remember that you were down in the first place!
I love you and have a great day!
Keisha Natalee Cole
She Speaks I She Writes I She Lives