Bear good fruit

264 Christ is the vine we are the vineChrist is the vine, we are the vine!

For thousands of years, grapes have been harvested to make wine. This is an elaborate process because it requires an experienced butler, good soil and perfect timing. The vineyard worker cuts and cleans the vines and observes the ripening of the grapes to determine the exact time of harvest. There is a lot of hard work behind it, but if everything fits together, it was worth the effort. Jesus knew about good wine. His first miracle was the transformation of water into the best wine ever tasted. What matters to him is more than that. In the Gospel of John we read how he describes his relationship with each of us: "I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman. He will take away every vine in me that bears no fruit; and every one that bears fruit will cleanse it to bring more fruit "(Jn 15,1-2 LUT).

Like a healthy vine, Jesus provides us with a steady flow of vitality, and his Father acts as a vineyard worker who knows when and where to remove unhealthy, dying branches so we can move more forcefully and unchecked in the right direction. Of course he does this so that we bear good fruit. - This fruit we reach through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It shows in: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. As with a good wine, the process of changing our lives from a broken vessel to a finished work of redemption takes a long time. This path can be associated with difficult and painful experiences. Fortunately, we have a patient, wise and loving Savior who is both a grapevine and a winemaker, and who guides the process of our redemption with grace and love.

by Joseph Tkach


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