“I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches”
Written by Christi Given | December 16, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI Girl asked about John 15:5—about the meaning of God, the vine and the branches. Read the full post here.
Jesus said in John 15:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
–John 15:1-9 (NIV)
This means that God is the vine (the main source) and we are the branches (we are connected to Him through prayer, through reading His Word and through being connected to other believers). When it says in verse 5, “Apart from me you can do nothing,” it’s saying that if we are not connected to the ultimate power source, we cannot do anything of lasting substance.
For example, if your phone isn’t plugged into a wall, it loses battery power, correct? Well, in the same way, if we’re not attached to the Word of the Living God (the Holy Bible) and if we are not reading the truth, we can become weak in our faith. When we aren’t renewing our minds, we can start to lose sight of what truly matters in this life.
We need to stay connected to the source of life, just like when a branch is connected, it flourishes, grows and has life (verse 7). If a branch is cut off from a flower, vine or the main stem, it will not receive water and nutrients and will become dull and dry, and will eventually wilt and die (verse 6). In the same way, Jesus is the living water (John 4:10) and gives us refreshment for our soul; the Word of God cleanses us and renews our minds. When we are tapping into the ultimate, mighty power source of life, we will live an abundant, overflowing life that God designed for us:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” —John 10:10
PI Girls, does this scripture make more sense now? Comment below if you have prayer requests or questions! We love you!