I am the Vine

I have been instructing a Master Life class at our local church and have been challenged by the focus on abiding in Christ.

Joh 15:4-6 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Without Jesus Christ we can do NOthing of eternal value. Even being called a Christian is not enough. I must “abide in” Jesus. What does that mean? It means I need to be having a special time of fellowship with Him each day.

Not only that, but the time I choose with Him needs to be not the “leftover” part of the day, but the BEST part of the day. I committed myself to having a set quiet time with the Lord each day. Then, as the weeks passed, the Lord prompted me to consider the tithe. “What part of all do we give the Lord?” A tenth. “Which tenth is it?” It is the FIRST tenth.

I had chosen a time for quiet time that was convenient for me – my lunch break. Yet it is not really the BEST part of the day. So, now I am setting apart the first part of the day, before I get distracted. This is a personal choice, I am not mandating anything – just sharing my heart on this.

Now, I am seeing the need to expand my thinking further! I had this weekday mentality encroaching on my devotion time. I had a 5 day mindset. Yet the Lord is having me ask myself, “do I not need God on the weekends?” “Do I need a weekend to myself?!” How foolish I have been!

It takes time to abide. We all have time to spend with the Lord. It is a matter of what time do we choose to give to the Lord? What part of the day do we choose to give?

“For without me you can do nothing.” Without Jesus, all we do has zero spiritual significance. Make Jesus Christ the true master of you life, as you see the evil days approaching. Only Jesus can bring forth fruit in our lives. Let’s abide in Him and let Him abide in us.

Please take a moment to consider where you are at in your own personal time with the Lord. Take a moment to ask yourself, “am I giving Him my undivided attention during the day?” “Am I giving Him as my Lord, the right to manage and bless my time?” “Am I abiding in Christ?” If we do, we shall bear much fruit and shall partake of eternal life. If we, being attached to the vine, are not fruitful, heed the WARNING: we shall be gathered together and burned in the fire.

Abide in the Vine. Be fruitful!

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  1. Heya Timothy Luke, I know this posting is like a year old but I would like to encourage you to get a book called Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray. It gives a thorough understanding on John 15:1-12, how to abide in Christ by faith and how we are called to abide in Christ from moment to moment, that this is the victory in Christ to the bearing of much fruit. Andrew Murray was a very godly author of the 1800’s, you can look him up on Wikipedia.

  2. Thanks for this message Timothy, came at just the right time for me personally.

  3. Timothy Luke says:

    I would like you to share ways you have found to abide in the vine! If you could share your secret of what makes your time with the Lord the most meaningful, it may encourage others!

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