I am the vine, you are the branches…(John 15:5).
This is one of the great metaphors Jesus uses to express his relationship with his followers. It was a familiar metaphor for a first-century Jew, living in a land where vineyards were commonplace. The text came alive for me the first time I visited Napa and looked at a vine, up close. Branches draw their life from the vine. Cut the branch off from the vine and it will not bear grapes. The older (thus larger) the vine, the better the grapes that grow on the branches. When we open our lives to Jesus, it is as if we are grafted into his life. When we stay connected, his life flows through us. When we disconnect, our lives become sterile. The result, Jesus says, is that “apart from me, you can do nothing.” Keep this image fresh in your mind today. Imagine yourself “plugged in” today, and Jesus’ life flowing through you. Write a “V” on your hand, and when you see it think, “He is the vine, I am a branch.”