Now a day’s fake thing has become so common. From food to medicine, jewelries, gadgets and almost everything can be faked. This word has been invented to remind us, that there are true things, or we call it original.
Jesus in his parting address for his disciples, He said “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. (John 15:1). Jesus is saying that He is the one and only true vine. But how is Jesus become the true Vine? Is there any counterfeit vine? In Bible time the vine, the figs and the olives has been used as metaphor to refer Israel. And this has become the image of Israel. In John 15, Jesus alluded himself the vine was the image of Israel. “Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish.” PS 80:16.
Jesus most assuredly right when he said, He is the true vine. Jesus goes on to say, You should stick with me and connect with me- because apart from me you will not bear fruit. For you to bear fruit my Father in heaven will prune you, cut off those branches in you that does not bear fruit for you to be even more fruitful! (John 15:2-8)
How can you be connected with the vine grow and bear more fruit!
1. Acknowledge that you need the to be connected to the true Vine His name is Jesus. Remember, Satan always counterfeit all Jesus miracles. Jesus warned us that at the end times many will dress up like sheep but inside ravenous snakes (Matthew 7:15). Be careful that you will not fall to his trap.
2. Pray continually – prayer help us grow our relationship with God and connects us with the vine. How much do you pray? How often? Jesus said to His disciple when they brought them to a prayer meeting but found them sleeping twice – “And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)
3. Obey every word of Jesus – Obedience is better than sacrifice (1Sam 15:22)
4. Love God with all your heart and every creation of the Father specially the people. Every people around you, were never a mistake. The Lord planned for them to be around you. Your love to them is another powerful way to connect to the vine. Because, this people are as special as you. The greatest expression of your love to them is bring them to Jesus.
May everyone of us no matter what happens continue to grow and bear much fruit.