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The Vine

Every Monday we post a short, creative expression of something that has recently done 1 of 3 things:

humbled us

made us thankful

we can’t live without it

I had every intention of filming something fun and lively and energetic this week (like this fun little film).  But the other night after dinner I noticed it was absolutely gorgeous outside and the sunset was going to be killer.  I headed up to Childress Vineyards to catch the light.

While I was filming the vines I noticed that they were just beginning to bear fruit.  I remembered last weeks post and thought about bearing “good fruit”.  I was reminded of Jesus’ words in John 15:

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

That’s a pretty strong claim…”apart from me you can do “NOTHING“.  Jesus used a powerful analogy to teach us that a life lived apart from Him is empty.  Just as the vine supports the branch and gives life to the branch, so we receive life when we abide in Christ.  And not only that, we truly bear lasting fruit when we consciously and deliberately draw on the sap of life that is in us…the Holy Spirit.

So this weeks post is a “Can’t Live Without”.  I can’t live without the vine!