“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1)
One day a farmer went out into his orchard, eager that his apple trees would bring forth many apples. He had his notebook, and a lesson plan, and walked among the trees.
“Today, my dear trees we are going to learn about fruit, what it is, what it looks like and how to bring forth a bountiful supply of fruit. Please turn to page 12 in your text books….”
Then one of the younger trees interrupted the farmer….
“But master, we are trees and you as a good husbandman have cared much for us, planting us in good soil, keeping the birds and insects away, pruning our branches… we need no instruction on how to bear fruit, for this is what we are, and the life that flows through us up from our roots to each branch will most certainly bring forth fruit. Please be patient and in time you will see our many branches filled with life-giving fruit.”
“But…” interrupted the farmer, “we must labor, we must be diligent to ensure that we most perfectly understand how all of this works, we must study and learn all there is to know about fruit. I thought if we met every Wednesday and… ”
“We do enjoy your company master and of course you are always welcome to walk among us and to care for us, but in the matter of fruit all that has been done is all that needs to be done. Life will take care of the rest; do you not see this?”
So the farmer went back into the house confused, His father had always taught him that there was more required, that a good farmer had to do this and do that, and to actively participate in the life of the orchard.”
Dear ones, the propagation, the maintenance, the perpetuation, the stimulation of life – these are grand subjects indeed. Yet in the end, life just is, and all bounty is bound up in the seed. And inside the seed is a germ, the smallest essence of life in which all that comes forth is marvelously coded and defined.
IN THE NEW CREATION, THIS GERM IS NONE OTHER THAN JESUS CHRIST!
The soil is the desert of this world.
This precious seed has been planted in the desert of this world, and all life in the new creation springs up from this one seed.
He alone is the genesis of the new creation, the originating and animating principle of all life therein.
This seed fell from the Father’s hand (He had only one seed in His bag for this is all that was required) and in the very midst of the dragon it fell to the hard, cold, ground of this fallen, cursed world.
This Tree, this Vine has been growing ever since, and it will continue to grow until its roots, and vines and branches and fruit fill all the earth, indeed perhaps more.
As you begin your day today, consider what you are, what you are attached to, what you are part of – then rest superfluously in the revelation that His fruit will come, His life will flow through you, His love will supplant everything in time. Resist any teaching or any teacher who tries to make fruit-bearing some kind of religious exertion or effort.
Let life happen. Just get out of its way. Pray His Spirit will be Your life today.
Yes you and I are housed in broken bodies and broken minds and hearts, and these will manifest from time to time. But what is really important is the life within, this new life within each of us.
Be careful of assuming that the more knowledge you have, the more life you will have, the more fruit. (Remember the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil”)
Be equally careful of thinking that toil, labor, self-discipline (call it what you will) have an active part to play in the new creation of God. It doesn’t. Pray the Spirit will impart a fuller revelation of rest (the sabbath) and fruitfulness. These to the fleshly mind seem incompatible to each other, but we must remember that the Father and the Lord are always working. This does not require that we are always working as well.
Walk out among the trees and the plants and consider how peaceful they look. It is a sabbath all around certainly but much life is springing forth. This, dear ones, is how the Father works. He speaks forth life by His generative word. Then He allows it to come forth.
The very first and last scene in the Bible is a garden (not a school, not a temple, not a church).
And there are trees (vines) all through the Scriptures.
Our Lord often used the living things of nature to convey profound truths having to do with spiritual life and death, and how the Father is working and how He is working.
There is not seven steps to more life, or twelve principles of the abundant life – THERE IS ONLY LIFE! THE TREE OF LIFE! THE TRUE VINE!
So first be very certain that He alone is now your life.
Then once you are sure, enjoy it, choose it, praise Him for it, thank Him for it, move freely in it, wait for it, contemplate it certainly, experience it, allow its fullness, allow the Father to prune and protect this life to bring it to even greater fullness.
Lord, please let this be so as it is Your will and pleasure. Amen