The True Vine

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, March 23, 2020

One day, during the time of the year when the branches of the grape vines produce blossoms, the Master of the vineyard went about inspecting the vineyard. He came upon a branch that had no blossoms. He asked the branch why it had no blossoms. The branch replied, “I am not fully attached to the main vine. There is enough connection to provide nourishment for leaf growth, but not sufficient flow of nutrients to produce blossoms. I will bear no fruit for you, even though I have every appearance of health.”

The Master removed the branch from the vine.

As the Master of the vineyard proceeded, he noticed another branch with no blossoms. Once again, the Master asked the branch why it had no blossoms. The branch replied, “I cannot understand why I don’t have blossoms. I am fully connected to the main vine, but I don’t seem to be getting the correct nutrients required to produce the fruit of my choosing. It is my preference to produce apples for you, because they are more important to me than grapes. Please help me understand why the main vine will not provide me with what I need to satisfy my own desires.”  

The Master removed the branch from the vine.

Once more the Master made his way along the long rows of grapevines, until he noticed a branch with only a few leaves, and a small cluster of blossoms. He asked the branch why he was producing so little. The branch replied, “I am fully connected to the main vine, and I am receiving all the nutrients I need to bear fruit. However, between my blossoms and the vine are other branches that have sprung out of me which are draining my energy so I cannot bear much fruit. Can you help me?” The Master spoke gently and lovingly. “I am so thankful for your desire to bear much fruit. I will help you, but it will require that you be pruned. We must remove those branches that are not producing and stealing all of the vine’s resources. I will cut you back so you will grow new leaves and next year, you will produce much fruit.” Even though he knew it would hurt, and that for a time he would not produce any fruit, he trusted the Master’s love. He knew he would remain attached to the vine. He knew the Master would do what was best so he could fulfill His purpose of bearing much fruit.

The Master pruned the branch so that all the vine’s resources went into fruit production.

The branch smiled.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Pastor John