Don't you just love how Jesus used such strong visual imagery as He taught?
As I sat in church this past Sunday... listening to a message on this verse...
all I could see were heavy clusters of lush ripe plum-purple grapes ripening
on the vine to the glory of the Vinedresser... and I knew... come Monday...
that I wanted to create a new art print to remind myself that I cannot bear
fruit that is pleasing to the Vinedresser unless I stay connected to the Vine!
I do want to be more and more fruitful for the Lord in the days to come and
I know you do too! This verse tells us that the only way to do that
is to stay connected to Jesus... to spend time with Him...
allowing His Word and Spirit to flow in us...
transforming our lives and our thoughts and our attitudes.
And we need to be willing to let Him prune away every thing that does
not line up with His Word and His calling on our lives... even if it hurts.
We were created to bear fruit my friends... and much fruit...
so let's do it for the glory of the Lord!! Amen.