The Vine

Ezekiel 15:1 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 2 ‘Son of man, how does the wood of the vine, that branch among the trees of the forest, compare to any other wood?

It is interesting that God uses a grapevine as an image of Israel. A grapevine has only one real use. It isn’t a good material for building a house or constructing furniture. It is so flimsy in fact that you can’t even use it as a peg on which to hang something.

A grapevine’s only use is to produce fruit. And since Israel had stopped bearing fruit God tells Ezekiel, “I will cut her down and burn her in the fire.” Israel had become a wild vine running unabated in the forest. So, God says He will turn against her and make the land desolate.

In John 15 Jesus says, ‘I am the true vine’. Up to that point Israel was the vine. But when Jesus came He took Israel’s place. And He told His disciples, ‘The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit’.

Today, Jesus is the vine and we’re the branches. So the question is, ‘are we producing fruit?’ Galatians 5 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control’. Are these things being produced in your life?

I meet people all the time who claim to be Christian but who are living in sin, without apology. They make excuses for their lifestyle and there is no remorse, repenting, or acknowledging their sin. So, I stand back to wait to see God’s discipline.

If we abide in Jesus there will be fruit. A changed life is the definitive mark of a believer. When we get saved the Holy Spirit moves in and begins to clean us from the inside out. If you are not producing fruit, then you are not abiding in Him. Go back to the source, reconnect with Him.

 

David Ball
Pastor

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