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John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

We were doing some yard work recently, and my wife was complimenting me on the trimming of a small tree/bush near my son’s window. My wife noticed that some leaves poking out were different from the other leaves she saw. While she was looking at the leaves, I was tracing the branches down to the root. While we were discussing if it was the same plant or not, I commented, “Honey, you’re looking at the leaves, and I’m looking at the roots!” Sure enough, it turns out that new leaves were part of one tree, and the other leaves belonged to a second tree growing close alongside. To look at it from far off, you would think it was the same tree, but when you look closely, you see which tree which branch of leaves belongs to.

Jesus was telling His disciples that they cannot bear fruit unless they abide in Him. Just like a branch cannot bear fruit unless it is attached ultimately to the roots, we cannot bear Christian witness or works apart from Jesus Christ. He is our Source. When I was a little boy, my grandmother had some grapevines that strung across an old bed spring-like fencing. Unfortunately, also in this fencing was poison oak. I didn’t want to touch either because I couldn’t tell which was which. Of course, once the grapes started growing, I could easily tell where the true grapevine was.

Jesus also told his disciples that God “prunes” the good branches to produce more fruit; if He has branches not producing fruit, they are taken away. Once you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, your salvation is guaranteed and you are going to Heaven. But we also need to use our gifts and abilities (that God gave us, by the way) to glorify Him and serve Him, else those gifts get rusty or fall into disuse…and what a waste of God-given talents that would be!

Tis better to be a fruit-producing branch of the True Vine; wouldn’t you agree?

Something to think about.

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Verse 12: “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,”

The right place at the right time. During this autumn season, there is a tree in our neighborhood that turns a magnificent bright gold, and when the evening sun hits it, it seems to glow with a radiant shine. When this tree’s leaves are all golden, you just want to stop and stare at it. Now, before this happens, there are parts of the tree that are green and parts that turn gold. Shortly after its peak, all the leaves just fall right off…usually with the help of wind or rain, but they quickly fade brown. You truly have to be right there when the peak time occurs, else you miss a wondrous sight. That peak time is not long either. You have to be in that right place at the right time.

God had Paul in the right place at the right time. Though in prison, God was using Paul through his tribulations to spread the Gospel to guards and to citizens alike. Would you or I be encouraged to be thinking of witnessing during such an ordeal? We should. God puts us in the right place at the right time to minister in His name. We need to remember, that as Christian witnesses in this world, we are on His time.

Something to think about.

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