DayBreaks for 2/15/19 – I AM #4: The True Vine

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DayBreaks for 2/15/2019: I AM #4: The True Vine

John 15:1 (ESV) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

I spent a good many years living in northern California’s wine country and I got to see the vines as they changed with the seasons and passing years. There is a great deal of labor involved in keeping a vineyard.

Israel was often referred to as the vine in the Old Testament, but it was always in the context of degradation – from something that was luxurious and delightful passing into something fruitless, dying or dead. Isaiah and Jeremiah both say it has gone “wild” and is degenerate, no longer fulfilling the purpose for which she was chosen.

It is interesting that Jesus claims he is the “true” vine. He is the vine that will always bear fruit, that will not wither or fail due to heat, cold or any other factor.

As he explains elsewhere in the context, he promises that those branches that stay connected to the vine will bear fruit. And here’s the good news: in the vine, it isn’t the branches that create the nutrition that result in luscious, juicy grapes. Rather, the sap that creates the fruit is itself created in the vine and all the branches do is carry that sap out produce the fruit. How can Jesus guarantee that we will bear fruit? It’s not us at work, it’s Jesus at work to do that. All we need to do is stay/abide in the vine, let the vinedresser (God) prune us according to our need, and Jesus will see to it that we bear the fruit that the world needs and which glorifies the Father!

What fruit are you bearing?

PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for your pruning of us and giving us the privilege of bearing fruit for you! In your name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 05/15/12 – The Importance of Connection

DayBreaks for 05/15/12 – The Importance of Connection

John 15:4 (NIV) – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

A newspaper reporter went to interview a successful entrepreneur. “How did you do it?” he asked. “How did you make all this money?”

“I’m glad you asked,” the entrepreneur replied. “Actually, it’s a rather wonderful story. You see, when my wife and I married, we started out with a roof over our heads, some food in our pantry, and five cents between us. I took that nickel, went down to the grocery store, bought an apple, and shined it up. Then I sold it for ten cents.”

“What did you do then?” the reporter asked.

“Well,” he said, “then I bought two more apples, shined them up, and sold them for twenty cents.” The reporter thought this would be a great human interest story.

“Then what?” the reporter asked excitedly. “Then my father-in-law died and left us $20 million,” the businessman said. That man prospered not because of his own ingenuity, but because he was connected.

When has your walk with Jesus been the best?  It’s when you are in the greatest connection with him, is it not?  You may have been driven to that connection by despair, disease, failure, guilt, even sin…or you may have drawn near out of the pure joy that he offers us.  It doesn’t matter why you are connected…what matters is that you ARE connected.  Your spiritual life will not grow and prosper on its own with Him.  With Him, there is no limit to what fruit you can bear and what glory your life can give to Him!

PRAYER: Jesus, help us learn the lesson of connection and stay “in” the vine at all times!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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