15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
(John 15 v 1 – 10, The MSG)
What does “abiding” look like to me? I’ve thought about this on and off over the weekend.
1. Connection – having a life giving connection to Jesus. A branch is connected to the vine and the vine to the branch.
2. Dependance – abide implies dependance. The branch is dependant on the vine, but the vine is not dependant on the branches. The branch derives it’s life and power from the vine. Without the vine the branches are useless, lifeless and powerless.
3. Continuance – abide also involves continuance. “Abide” ( Greek, meno) means to remain, or to stay or to continue. To abide is to reside. To “abide” is to continue, to stay and to remain.
Food for thought…