Spending one and a half day in Khandala for our Anniversary was pleasant and amusing for both of us. As we checked in to this room we were so captivated by the beautiful view that my husband and I sat by the window most of the time. Looking out of our window were dark clouds in the sky, heavy rains, and then white clouds could stoop so low that they looked like a thick fog, and suddenly it would all clear, but only for a short time and once again the same rigmarole.
The sight of mini waterfalls from a huge mountain right opposite us, the sound of rain, thick bushy greenery, trees and leaves wet and shining, was our companion as when we sat in silence.
In this silence I called to my Father and asked Him to speak to me. I opened to John fifteen and read that my Father is a Vinedresser and His Son is the Vine. I looked up from the book and just outside of our glass window was this huge tree with a long neat trunk and branched out on the top, seemed to me a type of coconut tree.
I read on – “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. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you”. Here He is also a Pruner.
Reading further He says – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing”.
Reflecting on this I thought about myself that ‘I am chosen by Him to be in His vine and am made clean through His word’. How awesome this is to know that when I read His word – I believe it and accept it – and I am cleansed from all ungodliness.
A branch taken away:
The question is – How is it possible to be in the vine and yet not bear fruit? Because the nutrients of the vine would get into every branch and so every branch is expected to bear fruit. Something restricts the flow of nourishment into these branches and makes the Vinedresser cut and throw away the branch because it seems useless.
So we can be connected to the vine and yet not connected – “unless we abide in the vine”
A branch kept to prune:
Pruning of the branch that bears fruit takes place, so that it bears more fruit.
What is the Christian perspective to this?
Every Christian is an imitator of the Holy God. You can call yourself a Christian and not follow Christ because you don’t abide in His word. When you don’t imitate Him, you are unable to do what He did, while on earth. So there is no fruitfulness out of your life.
You can live without God, do you think? “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” He said.
To those Christians who give out their life sacrificially to serve others – they get pruned by God so they shine brighter in this dark world. He shapes their life and character to match that of His for He is Holy.
You need God – for now and for Eternity.