This week, we are focusing on John 15:5.
In John 15:5, Jesus is speaking, saying, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I am in you, you will produce much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Imagine a grapevine. The vine is the thick part of the plant–the base, the foundation (Jesus). The branches (you) grow out of the vine. Then, the grapes (fruit of your life) grows out of the branches. If the branch isn’t connected to the vine, it can’t produce fruit. That’s what Jesus means when he says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
So what is the fruit? In Galatians 5:22-33, we are told “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Is your life producing fruit like this?
When we are “abiding in Jesus,” or relying on him, we will be able to grow this kind of fruit.
I believe the fruit can also represent the purpose that God gives you. God gives you a unique purpose–as a sister, daughter, student, friend. Later in life, you may also have the purpose of mother, wife, doctor, writer, teacher and so on.
As a branch, if you aren’t connected to vine (Jesus), you won’t be able to fulfill your purpose to bear great fruit. You can try hard on your own and you might see some success. But the fruit will probably be puny and not very flavorful. Apart from Jesus (the vine), our fruit will never be as wonderful as what it could have been if we were connected to Him.
When we rely on Jesus (the vine) to help us grow and to fill us up (branches), we will produce beautiful, significant, impactful fruit that will be used for His purposes.
Teacher Amy has created a musical version of the verse to help you with you memorization. Check it out.