Verse 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”
Today we start a new series on abiding in Him. We will look at what it means, how it should look in our life, how it affects our relationships and various elements that make up abiding.
Abiding may not be a word that is in our everyday vocabulary but it is a good word to describe how God would like our relationship to be with Him and His Word. To abide is to dwell in or to be fixed on. To think of abiding in God means we will need to fix our sights on Him and His desires. In our key verse today Jesus makes the point of setting Himself as the One that we need to connect ourselves to.
The vine is what gives the branches the needed nutrients so that they can grow and flourish. We need to feast on the things that will give us the nutrients we need. But just as the branches can’t get the needed vitamins on their own we can’t either. We wouldn’t even know where to begin without having the Father working through the Holy Spirit, teaching us what we need to do and guiding us in learning the Word.
This abiding in the vine causes the branches to bear fruit. We need to remember that the purpose of spiritual branches are to bear the fruit of Christ. As we see in our passage today the branches that don’t bear fruit are not allowed to linger on the vine, sucking up the nutrients that are needed by the good branches and so they will be cut off.
As we move through this series, let’s be intentional about learning what it means to abide in Him and bear His fruit. This is the way that the church can bear fruit in this world. We need to do all that we can to seek the spiritual nutrients that come from drawing close and connecting to Christ. Are we ready to grow?
Making It Personal
How purposeful are you about seeking God and His Word? What do you need to do today to start the deepening of your relationship with Christ? How important is it to you that you deepen your relationship with God?
Making It Personal Kids
How close are the branches to a vine? If the vine represents Jesus and the branches represent us, how close should we be to Jesus? How can you grow closer to Jesus?
Father, thank You for wanting us to abide in You. As we go through this time of learning about abiding, please teach us how to draw near to You. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.