The Vine and the Branches


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Has God confronted you with the undeniable reality that apart from him you can do nothing? Has he displayed the limitations and weaknesses of your human nature vividly upon the canvas of your life? If so, when faced with such knowledge, our reaction may be to close our eyes to the truth. However, recognizing how vastly inadequate we are without God is the tipping point for a life lived fully on his power. For when we come to the end of ourselves, God takes over and supplies us with all we need to live abundantly for him.

God is the vine; we are the branches. If we stay connected to our lifeline, there is no limit to the amount of eternal fruit that we can produce for him. Life-giving power naturally springs up from his being, and it can flow right through us to grow his kingdom here on earth. The results of remaining in him will be a bountiful harvest that is beyond what we can imagine. In contrast, if we begin to believe that we can make it on our own and try to sustain ourselves, we will quickly see just how fruitless our efforts will become, for “no branch can bear fruit by itself” (John 15:4). Without God, our lives become withered and dry, void of the eternal.

What a great blessing it is, therefore, to realize that we can do nothing apart from him!  When we stay forever connected to the one who sustains us, we will experience true, fruitful living. Through God, the source of everything good, we can become all that he has created us to be: a blessing to those around us and servants who advance his kingdom purposes. What glory we can bring to God as we let him work his power through us! As we make his word the foundation of our life and our relationship with him our greatest priority, we will produce fruit that will glorify God’s name and have an eternal impact on the world around us.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2

In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Proverbs 3:6 (TLB)


3 thoughts on “The Vine and the Branches

  1. Great thoughts on a passage that is often lived in a theoretical manner rather than a practical way. Your comment “…recognizing how vastly inadequate we are without God is the tipping point for a life lived fully on his power” sharpens the point in a way that makes us uncomfortable. Oftentimes being inadequate is viewed as weakness, but in God’s economy it’s strength and power. We begin to remind ourselves of our inadequacy not as some sort of self flagellation, but as a reminder that the One living inside of me is Greater than anything else. And only when I’m connected to Him is where I find power.

    I enjoyed the reminder.
    David M.

  2. Barb Potter says:

    I have been enriched by all your posts and especially love “The Vine And The Branches”. Thank you so much Jill. Keep them coming.

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