There were problems with the old variety and the choice was to take it right out and plant a new kind of vine or try this notch graft method. I am grafting three different varieties of grapes into this one old established grapevine.
The parallels are so wonderful as each one of us who are in Christ has been grafted into Jesus the true vine. We who are in Christ are individual branches bringing forth fruit that is characteristic to our individuality that God created within each one of us. However, even though we are individuals we are one in Christ because we are grafted and fed by Christ’s love, truth, and power making us who we are in the body of the Lord.
Jesus really is the vine and we are the branches that bear fruit for His glory and kingdom. It just makes me want to smile and say, “I love you Lord God. You are so good and you absolutely know what you are doing in this world and in our lives.”
We are pruned in order to keep producing much more fruit as we grow, plus we are to become a healthy branch that can be counted on to nourish the week and grow into what God has created us to be. John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
It is the will of God that we grow up, grow outward and grow strong in the richness of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Within each one of us is the God-given ability to be grafted into Christ and become one with the Father as Jesus is one with the Father. John 17:21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
I become aware that Christ is working a work within me that spurs me onward to the heavenly calling God has put within me. Jude 1:24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy. May we all come to the place where we welcome the pruning the Father does in our lives so that we can grow mightily in Christ. Blessings on us all.
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