John 15:1-5

Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 

What an amazing moment in scripture to reflect upon. Jesus was addressing His disciples even while Judas was meeting with the Jewish leaders in plans to have Him arrested. Still, Jesus took these last few hours to encourage His remaining disciples. What’s so great is that the same encouragement applies to us today.

Jesus is the true vine! He is not just any vine amongst many vines; He is the only true vine. That means He is our source, our connection to God, the vinedresser. What encouragement is Jesus extending to us? The same words “abide in Me and I in you” He spoke to the disciples, He is speaking to us. There is a reciprocity that must take place and through that connection, we become branches to the true vine of Jesus. As branches, we bear fruit, not just any fruit but faithful fruit that comes directly from the vine. Jesus states that remaining in Him we will bear much fruit…not barely enough or blemished fruit but exceedingly good fruit.

That fruit is in abundance because the Father prunes us so that we can hold fruit that is living versus the dead. This ought to bring us joy even as we go through the pruning season. The cutting shears may be sharp and even hurt but the result is a healthy fruit that is tasteful in the service of the Lord.

6 thoughts on “A WORD FOR THE SOUL

  1. I am struck today by the name of this site: Words That Surround Your Soul. … You might think that it is your spirit-man that needs the ascendancy, not the Soul. … The great Apostle John clears something up for us. III John 2 says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. … We are attacked and afflicted primarily in our minds and emotions, both part of the Soul. Renewing of the mind, by the Word, is how we get over into victory. John indicates that we need to address what goes on in our Souls, in order to turn things around. And he says “above all”. And his declaration is earnest, ‘cos he knows. He’s under the unction of the Holy Spirit, God-breathing His Word at the pen of John, opening up HOW we humans are to function in this earth around all the noise. The noise affects our mind and our emotions. We renew our minds over the noise, so that the Word is louder than the other noise. THEN, and ONLY THEN, does the spirit-man gain the ascendancy, and our souls and our bodies fall in line. This is how it works. Every time. … Thank you, Rhonie, for Words That Surround and Kick-start the Soul, and get us above the fray.

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