28. True Vine - John 15:1
28. True Vine - "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1
My wife, Wendy jokes that she has a brown thumb because every plant she brings home suffers and turns brown. Yet she seems to keep bringing those poor things home to torture. Must be some therapy or something from all the grief I give her.
I have learned a lot about plants over the years even though I too am not very good with them. Plants take more than light and water to make them grow. They need good nourishment from the nutrients in the soil and air.
Every person needs good spiritual nourishment to grow too. God's word are the source that spiritual nourishment. Jesus is the vine that brings that nourishment from the word to us. We are branches that need to recieve His Word to grow. Those who do will grow but those who do not will whither on the vine.
God, the vine master, comes to check on the plant. He wants to make sure that it produces good fruit in accordance with His Word. When it doesn't produce fruit or it starts to wither he must cut off that branch to make room for new growth.
That is why I am concerned to see so many Christians take so little interest in Sunday School, Bible Study, or Growth Groups. I am concerned that there seems to be little interest in growing in the word with fellow believers. Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." And Hebrew 10:25 tells not to stop meeting together but to encourage each other to grow and be strong. It is very important for us to meet and study together so that we don't wither on the vine.
Our church is also trying to encourage this by reading through the Bible in 2017. At Beaver Creek Christian Church we will be using Michael Coley's reading plan which you can download a copy at http://www.Bible-Reading.com. But you can use any plan that you would like. The Bible Project has a really good Bible reading plan that includes videos to help you have a deeper understanding of what you are reading (https://thebibleproject.com). There are tons of programs out there for reading through the Bible in a year. Join us as we read through the Word of God in 2017!
I praise God for the vine, Jesus Christ, who bring nourishment from the Word of God, so that I can grow in spirit and truth. May God bless you today as you grow in Him too.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God; I praise you for helping me grow through study and application of your word. I thank you for fellow believers who help me to be accountable. I ask that you feed me with your word and help me to be the kind of branch that produces fruit... 100 fold. In Jesus' name, AMEN!