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. -John 15:5-6
The vineyard was a well-known and understood part of life in Jesus day. The grape vine was the perfect analogy for the concepts He needed to clearly convey to His followers. The vineyard produced ample fruit for sweet, healthy food and hydration, medicine, as well as, much needed shade in the blistering desert. The fruit, however, is completely dependent on a deep root and strong vine. If the branches are separated from the vine, they die. If we are separated from God, we too wither.
Branches reach out and multiply exponentially from a single, solid, ancient vine. We are the extension of our God into the world, the connection between the ancient truth and the hope of eternity. For branches to produce the sweetest fruit, they must be pruned cut, tied, and shaped by daily care. We too must endure some hurts or pain, intense discipline, and molding to the Masters Will instead of our own.
Jesus is the life force that feeds and flows through us as we branch out into our families, workplaces and communities with the sweetness of His love.