Dave Jones

"(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord."  Ephesians 5:9-10

Pastor Stanley once asked what kind of sounds one hears in a grape field or other fruit orchard.  Perhaps birds chirping, wind rustling through leaves and many other usual outdoor sounds.  What we don’t hear are the vines or trees groaning and straining.  The plants are not straining to produce their fruit; the fruit comes out of their branches naturally as a part of the growing process.  The vine does not have to concentrate on producing grapes.  When the vine is healthy and has all the water and nutrients it needs, the grapes come forth.

Jesus compared our life to the branches on a grapevine.  He said: "I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
The secret to fruit producing is as basic for us as it is for a real grapevine: stay planted in the Vine and focus all of our energy and attention on being there, or abiding, in Christ.  Worship Him, praise Him, meditate on His words, seek solitude in Him, and let our self be absorbed into His purposes.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, who bears testimony that we are planted into the Vine, our “grapes” will grow.  Our fruit is a direct reflection of the quality of our relationship with Christ.

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