The branch looks insignificant to our eyes,
But in reality it is a reflection of our heart in disguise.
God prunes the branches so it can bear more fruit and more blessings.
This is achieved through our testings.
The testings we experience are designed to increase our faith and patience.
Knowing and embracing that God is our strength and promoter – our source for all our needs.
As we trust and obey Him through our deeds.
God prunes our branches everyday.
If by abiding in Him (the Word) we will stay.
The branch is intricately connected to the vine (Jesus Christ)
Our source of treasures divine.
Treasures of love, joy, and peace;
That will never cease.
© 1999 Karmen A. Booker
THE BRANCH OF CHRIST
Jesus is the vine – the foundation from which branches (Christians) grow.
The branch is a byproduct of Jesus with the same infrastructure as God. It is intimately and intricately attached to the vine, and its very life is dependent upon the vine (Jesus Christ – The Word). The vine is the life-giver to the branch. It contains all the necessary nutrients needed for the branch to grow. The life of the branch is totally dependent on the vine (Jesus Christ – Word of God).
The Word is the nourishment for the branch, and Christians are the branches. In order to grow, we must obtain the proper nourishment – we must get into the Word of God by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.
We must remain constant (steadfast – unmovable – rooted and grounded) in the Word in order to continue growing (advancing). If we stop abiding (dwelling) in the Word, we stop growing. If we are not growing then we can’t bear fruit.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye except ye abide in me. (John 15:4-5)
Abide – to sojourn; dwell; remain
Fruit – the offspring of living things; the results of fulfilling the goals and purposes that God has ordained for our life.
Therefore, in order for Christians to bear fruit, we must:
- Abide in Jesus Christ (The Word). Develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ so that we develop the character of Christ in our lives, and be true Ambassadors for Christ.
- Allow the Word to remain in us. Our hearts and minds must be filled with the Word of God; let it outpour from the very depths of our soul through our confessing the Word over our lives and circumstances, and testifying to what Jesus has and is doing in our lives.
The power of life and death is in the tongue.
We overcome the world by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:1)
Live the Word. Apply God’s Word in every area of our lives. This includes:
* Relating to Others
* Fellowshiping with others
As we live the Word, we Walk in the Spirit.
When we (branches/Christians) are constantly nurtured by the Word of God, then we are constantly developing the mind and character (thoughts an attitudes) of Jesus Christ.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
As our thoughts and attitudes are transformed, then our actions (fruit) become Christ-like
and give glory and honor to God.
As we (Christians) take the steps necessary to bear fruit, we are walking worthy of God because [Colossians 1:9-10] says:
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Benefits of Bearing Fruit are:
Joy is everlasting. Our joy becomes everlasting as we continue to abide in the love of Jesus Christ. Our lives must reflect the love of Jesus Christ toward our brothers, sisters and enemies.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. (I John 4:7-8)
You may ask, what does it mean when it says ”God is love”. It means that God’s thoughts and ways reflect (show) love. We see God’s thoughts and ways through his son, Jesus – how Jesus acted in many different situations and responded and related to people. We know that this is how God would act because Jesus says I only do what I see my Father do. So our example of love is Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life, so we would be saved from eternal death in hell. We are to follow in his footsteps in thought, word, and action.
Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
It is important that we walk in love because when we walk in love, we walk in the nature and character of Jesus Christ, and produce fruit that is a byproduct of love. It is a byproduct of love because the very source of the fruit is love. In the Word, God says that one of the fruits of the Sprit is LOVE. (Galatians 5:22)
When we walk in love, we walk in righteousness (holiness). God command us to love one another.
This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
These things I command you that ye love one another. (John 15:17)
Help others by edifying (lifting) and ministering to them.
Consequences of Not Abiding in Jesus are:
- You become detached from Jesus like a branch detached from a tree, which cannot bear fruit because it is no longer connected to its source of nourishment. It’s not getting what it needs to grow and produce fruit.
- You wither away spiritually, physically, and mentally.
- Men begin to use you for their own destructive purposes. You are no longer of use for the kingdom of God. Don=t be a branch that is severed from the vine and cast to the ground to be gathered for burning; be a branch that dwells in Jesus and produces much fruit – results from God-given purposes and goals.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16)
You didn‘t choose me, I chose you and appointed you to produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:16)
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end of everlasting life. (Romans 6:21-22)
Were you bearing fruit when you were a slave to sin? No, because those things you did caused shame and only resulted in death. The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
When you became saved through confession and believing in Jesus Christ, you became a servant to God, and only what you do becomes fruitful because your thoughts and actions are righteous (holy).
What you do for Christ will last.