The house of my childhood stood in the pastures of Bulleen back in the 70's. Cows were our neighbours and the lush green of nature was our backdrop.
My parents created a native garden crowned beautifully by a Vitus grapevine on our verandah to add splashes of colour. Vivid green leaves in summer turned into flaming hues of orange and red at autumn, colours that represented the vitality of life.
How things change over the years!
Bulleen has morphed into a suburb where people have replaced the cows as neighbours, and houses have largely replaced the backdrop of nature.
Yet a reminder of those special years remains with me as Jenny and I have made our own home. Six cuttings of my parent's Vitus vine now grace the pergola of our home in Chum Creek. Veracious growth necessitates that each winter I prune back the tangled excess branches, taking special care not to cut the branches required to cover and glorify our north-east outlook. The wrong cut would be disastrous, disconnecting the required branch from the vine and its roots, snuffing out the life of the branch and its glorious colours forever.
Similarly, Jesus reminds us that the vitality of our lives is dependent on staying connected to Him; get cut off from Jesus and the good fruit in our life stops growing and the abundant life dies.
John 15:5-6 (NIV) says:
"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."
How do we stay connected to Jesus? How do we remain in Jesus?
Simply by continuing to trust and rely on His sacrificial death to restore and maintain our right standing before God.
May that continue to be the foundation and root that gives you abundant life in Jesus both now and forever.
Yours in Christ,
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Posted on Fri, March 23, 2018
by Liberty Office filed under