During Bible times one of the most typical jobs for someone was to be a farmer or a fisherman. A farmer had a lot of work in taking care of all his livestock as well as all the crops. If a plant was sickly he would tend to it to try and help it recover. If it refused to produce food however the farmer was forced to remove that plant so that the nutrients of the soil could benefit the other plants.Farmers were dependent on the weather and rainfall to ensure that they could have good crops each year.
In John 15 Jesus associates himself with a vine. Now the vine of a plant is where all the nutrients flow. It provides life to the rest of the plant. He says “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
When the branches are connected to the vine then they will grow together and eventually produce fruit. However if that connection is bad or broken the branch cannot produce the crop that it is supposed to. This goes the same for us in our walk with Jesus. If we stay connected to Him others will be able to see Him in us. We will be examples of what He is like. But if we don’t take time to tend to our relationship with Him we will wither away and be unable to do the things we were meant to do; like loving one another, building each other up, and being examples.
What are some ways you stay connected to Jesus?