We are all called to abide in Christ, but how do we do that? First, it’s helpful to understand the image Jesus is setting up in John 15. In the city of Riverside, California, there is an orange tree that is over 100 years old and is the original navel orange tree from which all the other groves were grafted and transplanted.
When Jesus says He is the true vine, it should be viewed as the original vine from which all others are transplanted. And the Father watches over the vine and tends it. Like He did when He told Joseph to take Mary as his wife and later told him to flee to Egypt to protect young Jesus from Herod’s wrath (Psalm 80:8-9).
So take some time today to meditate on the true vine, which is Jesus Himself and know that as living branches we too will be cared for by the Father.
Hanging on the vine,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw