John 15:1-5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth FRUIT, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth MORE FRUIT. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 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. 5 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.
In His message about the Vine and the Branches in John 15, Jesus points out spiritual keys that lead to abundant living. Jesus tells us who we are and why we are here. He is the true Vine and we are the Branches. We are here to bear fruit. How did you become a branch? By trusting and receiving Him as your Lord and Savior, you now have a living relationship with Christ. You are not a member of a religious group, a churchgoer, a Bible lover, but rather a living branch in the True Vine. When you yielded to Christ a living union was formed between the Lord and you. Just as a branch gets its life from the vine of a tree so too the Believer gets his life from Jesus Christ. Because of this union you can bear fruit. If you do not maintain communion with Jesus you cannot bear fruit for without Him you can do nothing.
There is within all of us a longing and a hunger for closeness, intimacy, and connection to someone. Without an abiding fellowship with God we will always feel empty, detached, and that something is missing. We often try to quench that longing and yearning with:
- A human relationship or
- A human activity
We try to fill that gap with a friend, a lover, a pursuit, or and interest. Some even get married thinking that will fill their heart longing and it does, but not completely. Yes, of course, our need for companionship and fellowship are met in marriage by another person. We shouldn’t get married, though, because we need someone so much but because we enjoy someone. If you need them to be able to exist and you cannot live without them, you may be putting an expectation on another human that only God can fulfill. No human relationship no matter how wonderful and no human activity no matter how enjoyable can ever completely satisfy us. True satisfaction can only come from our abiding communion or fellowship with God as the Psalmist said in Ps 107:9, “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Only true fellowship with God through time in His Word, in worship, and prayer can truly satisfy; additionally, nothing is ever created or reproduced out of us without spiritual intimacy. The prophet Daniel said, “… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits Daniel 11:32.”