“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NLT).
If you’ve ever been to a vineyard, you know rows and rows of grape vines are a beautiful sight, especially when they’re full of fruit. The wine is the goal and the money maker, but without the vines and all the work that goes into tending them all year, wine wouldn’t happen.
Jesus told his followers the only way to produce fruit in their lives is to stay attached to him, the vine. He is our source. Everything good in our lives comes from him and him alone. For the vintner, the fruit is the most important thing, but for the Christian, fruit is a nice bonus. The real “money maker” is the relationship, the closeness and the bond with Jesus. His life flows into us through this vital connection and all we have to do is hang on.