Daily Easter Devotion Wednesday, April 3rd

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 ­ Psalm 99; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10 and John 15:1-11

John 15:1-11 – 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. … Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. … 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find a vine, tree, or bush that is showing signs of new growth. As long as you are in the northern hemisphere this shouldn’t be an impossible assignment.

Look at the vine, bush or tree that you have found. What do you notice? I notice the new growth. Some will turn into leaves, other into new branches. I also notice some weak branches that need pruning, so that vine, tree or bush as a whole can be healthier, stronger.

God, our heavenly Father is the gardener who tends all trees in His orchard. Jesus is the trunk. From the trunk comes all the branches and upon these and at places on the trunk is coming new growth. To finish out the image of the trinity; it is the Holy Spirit which is the sap that is flowing within the trunk, flowing to bring about new growth and a plentiful harvest.

When I came to Community Presbyterian Church, I had a member who tended a small vineyard, so he could have grapes to make wine. One day, about this time of the year, I went out to see him. What I noticed was how he’d pruned all the old vines off. Each plant was simply back to its trunk and head stalk. All that seemed to be left was the root stalk, trunk and head stalk. It was from the head stalk that the new growth would come. I asked him how he knew when he had pruned them enough. He said; “when I thought I’d gone too far”. Not sure how that relates to God’s pruning of his vines, of his pruning you and me, but I found it very interesting.

What I know from all this is that I (me personally) have some vines (life priorities) that need pruning so that God can provide new growth within and from me. It is from this new growth that God will bring about an abundant harvest.

As I believe this about me, I believe this for you as well. For God is the gardener, Jesus is the main vine and each of us is one of the branches. So, may God tend his garden and may we sense the new growth coming in and through us.

Jesus said and says; Abide in me as I abide in you. … I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit. And all God’s branches says; Amen.

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