Abiding in The Eternal Vine
By: Marissa Wolf
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
The Fruits of the Spirit that we bring forth as Believers stems from the Eternal Vine. Not only do we have to abide in the Lord, but also the Lord has to be abiding in us. We can’t bear His fruits if we’re not continually abiding in the Lord. The branch cannot bear its own fruit on its own, it needs to do it with Christ. The Lord not only produces the Fruit within us, but He ripens it when it’s ready to be shown.
If we continually abide in the Lord for the rest of our days until our earthly time has come to pass, we will always have a supply of Fruit that He will allow our branches to bear. We like trees, need a lot of tender loving care in order to continually grow to be healthy and strong in holiness. Our branches need the tender loving care of Christ to keep them alive. Branches need to be well maintained, pruned, and watered with such constant love and care. So our Spiritual life needs to be as well, otherwise we will be withered, dry, and easy to break and fall apart with just one snap.
In order to receive constant care in our Spiritual life, we have to cast all of our cares upon the Lord as He cares for us. (See: 1 Peter 5:7). In order for our branches to be watered we have to go to the Wellspring of Life and we will never thirst again. (See: John 6:35). In order for our branches to continually grow in the Lord we have to not only keep His commandments, but to also do them. (See: Leviticus 22:31). Branches also need Light to grow, therefore we need to be daily walking in the Light of the Lord. (See: John 8:12). Trees need to firmly be planted in the root of God’s Word. (See: Psalm 1:3). The Fruits of the Spirit that grow on our branches as a Believer have a time and a place for each season to blossom in. The timing of the Lord is always on time and never late. (See: Ephesians 3:1-8).
If our fruits are not of the Lord’s Vine they can shrivel up and wither down to nothing. We are nothing without Him. If our walk with Christ is dead, so His fruits in us also grow stagnant. However, if we want to revive those fruits, we have to come back to the Lord for we can’t do this on our own. (See: Galatians 2:20). We need to repent, believe and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and let the Lord sanctify us and make us new again! (See: Acts 3:19, Romans 10:9, and 2 Corinthians 5:17). The Lord is the only One who has the power to restore and save our branches! (See: Acts 4:12). Will you allow Him to do so?
Is our branch withered? Whom do we go to so that our branches can get a little tender loving care? Are we abiding in Christ? What kind of fruit are our branches bringing forth?
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”