John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
I want to share an amazing sight I spotted in our crab apple tree.
I first noticed it a couple of summers ago and I check on it periodically to make sure it’s still there. Even with the crazy winds we have in Amarillo, guess what? It is!
It’s a beautiful illustration of John 15:5 in seen nature.
I struggled and struggled to make my point and shoot camera focus on the part I really wanted you to see. As simple as my little camera is, it seems to have a very strong will of it’s own. Shot after shot, I couldn’t bring the most important part into focus.
FINALLY, I zoomed in and got the picture I wanted. (I must have held my grimace just right or something.)
I hope it amazes you…
To produce the marvelous cross for me to see, all that branch did was to stay connected to the trunk (the vine).
The branch didn’t prune itself.
The branch didn’t even see its own “fruit.”
The branch didn’t grunt or groan.
All it did was hang on to the vine for dear life. That’s it. What happened as a result? The cross grew out of the branch for the world to see.
Made me ponder.
What if, like that branch on my crab apple tree, I concentrate on one thing: clinging to Christ more than anything else? After all, “Apart from me you can do nothing,” He said.
The crab apple cross reminds me to concentrate on clinging to Christ… and to trust Him to produce the fruit of Himself in and through me.
Simple Bible Study Idea: Read and talk about John 15:1-5 with a friend.
- Explain hindrances you face that interfere with concentrating on Christ. How have you overcome some of these? Where are you struggling right now?
- What fruit of Christ have you seen in your friend’s life? (Since we oftentimes can’t even see any fruit on our own branch, this can be a real blessing to him/her.)
- Complete this sentence: “The three best things about being a branch are…”