A vine delivers flowing nourishment to all of its branches. The sap running to each of its branches passes first through the main vine that springs up from the ground.
God is the Master Gardener and Christ Jesus is the Vine in the Master’s garden. The Vine supports many branches and supplies them all with vital juice. All true Christians, despite their differences, are branches of this Vine.
God made his Son, Jesus, to be the source of grace to humanity. All grace that nourishes the soul flows through Christ, the Vine. Jesus imparts to his disciples the grace they need to bear the fruits of godliness and Christlike character. Our spiritual growth comes by this grace of God that flows through the Vine from God’s Spirit to the spirit part of us. Constant spiritual connection with Christ is necessary for continuing fruitfulness.
A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next six months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God’s store of grace from day to day as we need it. -D. L. Moody
When we look at a grapevine, we expect to see grapes. When we see a Christian, we look for the fruit of the Spirit—LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL. This is Christian fruit bearing. Like the branches of a vine, human souls are, by nature, weak. We are dry and unable to stand up on our own. In order to thrive and be fruitful, we must first be grafted into Christ—as into a vine—by the Master Gardener’s hand. Then, God nurtures us by his Word and through his Spirit. As we hear the Word of God, his Spirit works grace into our soul.
Are you connected to the vine of grace? Are you bearing spiritual fruit? If we cling tightly to the Vine and drink of the grace that flows through, we will draw up nourishment for abundant spiritual growth.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. -John 15:1