We began looking yesterday at John 15 and what it means to abide in the Vine, but we may overlook the “Vinedresser” in this analogy; “I am the true vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser” (John 15:1).
It is doubtful that we have the slightest perception of how much God is interested and watching our lives and the spiritual health of our walk with the Lord. As the “Vinedresser,” God is looking at whether fruit is being produced, a direct reflection of how closely we walk with the Lord. Notice what the Father is looking for in the next verse. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (15:2).
There are only two outcomes; NO fruit and SOME fruit. The decision of what is done to the branch is in the hand of the Father, the “Vinedresser.” If there is NO fruit, “He takes away” which has a very interesting meaning. Many have thought this meant to “destroy” the branch, but this is hardly likely in the context of verses 1 to 17. The word “airei” also means to “take up or take away.” What would this mean as the “Vinedresser” is watching over our life “in Christ?”
Branches that do not produce fruit are often those that have fallen into the dirt or mud below and do not get the benefits of the sunlight. By lifting them up out of the dirty, dark condition, they are cleansed by water and revived and begin to form fruit again.
What can you learn from this in your life? Has your fruitfulness been hindered by habits and a life-style that is affected by the dirt of this world and away from the sunlight of God’s presence? There is only one solution: REPENT! The hand of the Father who lifts up your branch and washes off the dirt is the hand that leads you to repentance. “Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).
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