John 15:1–5 (ESV)
I Am the True Vine
am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 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. 3 Already
you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 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.
When Jesus say
“I am the true vine”, that means that he is of God. The Jews are the “false vine”, because they are not believers. At the end of times, the people will be sifted and the believers will go to heaven and the unbelievers will go
to hell. This will not be based on deeds, but on faith. As a Christian, we should be doing good deeds, but not so that we go to heaven. We do them because God loves us and we are motivated by his love, grace, and mercy. Many people
call themselves Christians, yet they do not bear fruit. Instead of focusing on works, I think it is important to focus on works as being a sign of faith, but it is faith that saves. We hear in James 2:14 that “Faith without works is dead”.
Jesus says that “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.” Realize that no one escapes being tampered with. If you do not produce fruit,
you are removed. If you produce fruit, you still get pruned. A pruned branch will produce more. I would not focus on that God demands more, but more that he is perfecting you and changing you (sanctification) according to his will.
I pray: O Lord, prune me and shape me according to your will. I know I fall short and will continue to fall short until I’m in heaven. Continue
to work in me and change me. Forgive me when I resist. Amen.