Jesus is the vine to supply our identity, life and growth.
We are the branches connected and resting in Him;
we have all we need for life and godliness.
Fruit is naturally produced from the branches.
It is not a matter of effort-it is a matter of identity.
John 15, Luke 6:45
~God is the Caretaker of the Vine.
Jesus’ identity is in the Father;
He only does whatever He sees the Father doing.
The Father in His supreme authority planted the vine,
and then tends the vine until the coming of the age when all things are revealed.
~The fruit we bear depends upon the Vine.
Apart from the vine,
we can do nothing.
We are not independent agents of good,
earning our way to the top of the kingdom food chain.
We are wholly and utterly dependent branches of the vine,
and therefore all we are and all we do, is His work in us.
Apart from the vine, says Jesus, you can do nothing.
~Every good branch is pruned on the vine.
Fruit producing branches are going to get pruned.
Pruning are necessary endings.
Pruning requires that we cut something away.
Pruning is painful.
Pruning involves hardship,
loss or trial, make no mistake.
~Remain in the Vine.
To be in the Vine is the ultimate contentment and joy.
Both bearing fruit to the glory of God yet, dually it can be a place of loss, pain and persecution.
With God, there is no compromise in His counsel and leadership through Christ.
Remain in Christ, fix our gaze upon Christ, all allegence to Christ, who is the Vine and glory alone.
writes about theology, poetry, and discipleship within a biblical worldview.
This excerpt is taken from her website in the series, “Marks of a Disciple.”
Mary writes of God’s grace and mercy working all things
for good in and through her life from childhood memories in the beautiful,
northern state of Michigan with great waterskiing and
delicious blueberries; to living the desire, pursuit and favor
of a professional modeling career.
Although God’s hand of favor was sought,
she’s grateful while in New York City our merciful God quietly,
yet strategically wooed, revealed, and challenged the focus of her heart.
Questions echoed and surrounded the meaninglessness of life;
specifically within the American dream. Yet, with Gods reputation to hover over and be on the move,
He pulled her out of the world’s parade to breathe His eternal air.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~Galatians 2: 20
You can find Mary Beth Anderson
on Twitter @maryanderson312; writing @ www.mightyrighthand.com