THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A man bought an old rundown vineyard.
The first week, a local pastor came by to visit.
He said, “May you and God work together to make this a great farm.”
About 3 months later, the pastor came back to visit.
He noticed the vines were all healthy, and there were many grapes!
He said, “That’s amazing! Look what you and God have accomplished!”
The man said, “Preacher, do you remember what the vineyard looked like when God had it alone?”
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned.
Is it meet for any work?
5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
What is it that makes a “vine” more profitable than a “tree?”
It produces fruit!
The vine cannot be used to make furniture.
And the branches certainly cannot bear fruit without the vine!
Jesus said, “1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)
The distinctive mark of the church is to “bear fruit” to and of Jesus.
The church is made up of many “branches” (members).
When the “branches” (members) cease to “bear fruit,” God begins to “take(th) away” branches!
When the “branches” (members) DO “bear fruit,” God prunes those branches so they may produce MORE fruit!
If producing "fruit" is this important, someone may well ask: "What is FRUIT?"
Paul said, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)
A Christian will exhibit his/her love for Christ by continually putting Christ FIRST in his/her life.
Daily actions will demonstrate the "fruit" of His Holy Spirit in and through us.
Are you bearing fruit?
Remember, the “branch” can produce NOTHING without the “VINE!”