Throughout the Old Testament, the ancient people of Israel were often referred to as a “vine” or a “vineyard.” The only problem was that Israel couldn’t live up to her calling to be a good-fruit producing vineyard. The good news is that Jesus is the True Vine and did what Israel should have done, but couldn’t. Jesus is the one who produces good fruit.
Continuing the metaphor, as the vine Jesus calls his followers the branches. And, of course, the goal of any plant is to grow and produce good fruit. The way that we as humans – as followers of Jesus – grow in bearing fruit, flourish, and become fully alive is by staying connected to Jesus (the vine) and allowing God – the gardener – to prune us.
The impactful, fruitful, lives of great character that we long for even in the midst of all our failures is available to us through Jesus – our vine – by staying intimately connected to him.
Scripture: John 15:1-8