Are you Connected to the Vine?
John 15 “I am the true vine, and my father is the vine dresser. Any branch that does not bear fruit, he cuts away; and he cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.”
How many of us have tried to save ourselves?
When we do this, we cut ourselves off from the life giving nutrition that comes from Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:7 “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; for it cannot.”
I have another question for you, are you a branch on a tree or a stick in the mud?
Recently I found this branch underneath a tree. I guess it had been broken off by the wind. There were no leaves on the branch, it was dead. I wouldn’t call it a branch, I would call it a stick. Do you think if I took this stick and planted it in the ground and watered it, it would come back to life? I don’t think it would work. When we allow things in our life that hinder our walk with the lord, we need to be pruned.
Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Therefore, If we keep our lives connected to Jesus, we will grow. Our life will produce beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. But if we are separated from Jesus, our leaves will wither and die. If so, We will never bear any fruit.
What will your life be? Will it be a beautiful branch on a tree? Or a stick in the mud?
Excerpts from Pastor Louis DiMonaco’s sermon.