Summary: If we are going to live fruitful lifes of eternal significance, we must maintain a meaningful connection to Jesus, the true Vine.
Our Lord uses the analogy of the vine and the branches to speak to us about how our lives are designed to be fruitful, filled with purpose and significance. Jesus is the vine, God the Father is the vine grower, and believers are the branches.
What kind of fruit is God looking for?
A. The fruit of the Spirit - Character of Christ.
B. The fruit of our lips - Confession of Christ.
C. The fruit of our lives - Conversions to Christ.
When the Father looks to your life to find fruit, does He find what the Bible says He is looking for?
Since fruitfulness is so important, the question I need to ask is, “How can I live the fruitful, purposeful life of significance that God has saved me to live?” The answer? Through maintaining my connection to Christ, the true Vine.
The key word in this passage is the word “remain” or “abide.” It is the Greek word, “Meno,” which means “enduring communion.” It’s the idea of not just living somewhere, but being “at home.” From this, we learn four principles to help us remain meaningfully connected to the True Vine and live fruitful, purposeful lives of significance . . .
1. We must be “at home” in Christ - v. 4a - sufficiency
As verse 3 makes clear, our Lord is addressing those who have, by faith in Him, already been grafted into the vine. What they now need to do is continue to look to the vine for strength. What our Lord is telling us is that we need to continue to rest in Him, to rely on Him, to trust in Him. That is partly why the NIV translates “Meno” as “remain.” It is the idea of continued action. Paul put it this way:
If we are going to live fruitful, purposeful lives of significance, we must trust Christ, not just with our eternal destiny, but with our daily life. As Paul put it, “For me to live, is Christ!” (Philippians 1:21 (quickview) a).
“Think about what ‘home’ means to us: home is where your heart is; it is where you want to be (especially during holidays); home is the place to which you return, the place to which you are eager to get back to (e.g., when you’ve been on vacation); home is where you feel comfortable, and can really be yourself; home is a place of safety and security; home is where you bring your friends when you wish to have fellowship with them; home is our base of operations; it is at the center of what we do; home is where you find your strength for life; it is where you eat and sleep; home is where the people and the things we love the most are found.” - Bob Deffinbaugh