The Claims of Christ
07/08/22 – 07/16/22
I Am the True Vine
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 07/15/22
There is a tree that grows in the tropics called the banyan tree. This particular tree’s height, spread, and trunk thickness make it a glorious tree in terms of shade and beauty. Its branches reach out and down to the ground. Wherever the tips of the branches touch the earth, there they take root and new trees begin to grow.
Is your life spreading and multiplying itself in the lives of others—like the banyan? Are you sharing the love of God with friends, family members, and co-workers?
God has given us the Great Commission to make Him known—to bring men, women, and children to a saving knowledge of Him. Jesus brings healing, forgiveness, and deliverance. His acceptance is unconditional.
Jesus told the disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener” (John 15:1). Without abiding in Christ, you cannot be fruitful. Jesus says, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).
You must abide in Christ. You become one with Christ when you seek and follow His purpose for Your life—adopting His perspective as your own. Are you abiding in Christ today?
Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have not remained in You—forging my own way rather than abiding in You and bearing fruit for You. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your guidance. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“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” (John 15:5).