I have just started to prune my grape vines after waiting through cold winter months of dormancy. This got me thinking about the spiritual applications of John 15:1-11 and my work during these months when nothing seems to be happening with the vine. One of the questions I asked was, what is taking place during the dormant season?
The first stage of dormancy is when the roots take up nutrients to store as energy that is needed for the developing shoots in early spring. At the same time, there is “Root flux” when there is more than normal root development that takes place. These two “internal functions” prepare the vine for spring growth-- rapid development of branches that will produce bunches of grapes during the summer months.
Paul exhorted the Colossians; “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6–7). Notice the four imperatives for the Christian that can only be accomplished by “abiding” in Christ. Over the next four days, I want to engage you with each of these imperatives to see how they are worked out in our daily lives. Between now and tomorrow’s blog, be sure to read John 15:1-11 several times and ask the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, to give you insights into how this works in your personal life.
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