John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”

First off, it is important to note that Jesus is the true vine. That means that He is all we need to survive. He is the source of life. He is what brings growth. He is what nourishes us. He gives us meaning and purpose and eternal life. Can a tree live without the trunk? Can grapes form and ripen without the vine? It is the same with us. We can’t live without Jesus and we can’t bear fruit without Jesus. Are you bearing fruit for God? If not, perhaps you need to strengthen your connection to the true vine, Jesus.

Second, if Jesus is the true vine then that means there are false vines out there that claim to be all these things but fail to deliver. Whether it is a job that promises to fulfill or a spouse that says they’ll meet your every need, whatever it is apart from Christ will always leave you dry wanting. What are some of the false vines that you’ve clung to for life and strength only to realize that you were withering?

Finally, God is the gardener. The gardener spends time in His garden. He cares for each plant and knows just what it needs to thrive. He fertilizes and waters each plant. He mends those that are broken. He prunes those that are overgrown or under-producing. I think of the care a gardener takes with a bonsai tree to shape it and train it and direct it to become what He envisioned when He began to work on it. The Father is that type of gardener and we are the branches that need training and guidance to be all that we can be. How delicately He tends to each detail and aspect of our life. How intimate the relationship that He has with each one of us.