Grafted to Jesus +Words With Winter Link Up

This week I was studying Colossians and a verse in chapter 2 lead me back to a passage of scripture in John. Chapter 15 starts out with Jesus telling us He is the true grapevine and his Father is the gardener. I attended a youth leader conference a few years ago that had a workshop based on these verses in John 15, while there the leader of this workshop showed a video of how gardeners graft plants together. It was such an amazing video to watch and think about in the context of our lives being grafted on to Jesus.

 

This is what Jesus is talking about. He doesn’t say WE are the grapevine, we are only the branches. We have been grafted on to Him by the Gardener.

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A gardener doesn’t just take a piece of a branch and tape it to a vine. Oh, no my friends, it is way more complex than that!  I would not refer to myself as a green thumb so I had no idea of this amazing process. The gardener must first prepare the vine or root stock that the “transplant” is being grafted to. The root stock is cut down to just the base and the bark is taken off and the grapevine is cut in a deep V pattern so the the new branch can be grafted on. The newly grafted branch is taped onto the vine.

 

Umm, does this sound familiar to anyone else? Jesus was stripped, cut and bleeding for me. Because of His willingness to suffer I was able to be grafted on to Him, so that I might produce fruit.

 

Jesus says in verse 5 that “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. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.”

 

 

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So this tells us we have a choice we can chose to remain in Him and produce fruit. The other option would be to not remain in Him and the result will be to suffer being thrown out. Yes that sounds harsh, until you think of the reward of option one.

 

Because He says in verse 9: “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples.”

 

 

Wow, I think option one sounds great but what does that look like lived out? What does it take to bear fruit? And what does it mean when Jesus says in verse 2 “he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more”?

 

So what does it look like to bear fruit as a branch on the grapevine of Jesus? I believe spiritual fruit is obtained when we become more and more like Jesus. That’s what happens when that grafted transplant grows deeper and deeper into the vine, it is still itself but it becomes more and more like the vine. When we long to live like Jesus more than how the world does, that is spiritual fruit. When we show kindness and patience to those who aren’t easy to love, that is spiritual fruit. When we show joy in times of trials, that is spiritual fruit.

 

So the next time your toddler is coloring on the wall with your favorite lipstick, respond with patience drawing deeply from the Vine. When your spouse comes home and has forgotten to pick up the 3 dozen cupcakes you need for the school bake sale respond with kindness that only comes from being tapped into the Vine. This is what bearing fruit lived out can look like.

 

When verse 2 talks about pruning the fruit bearing branches, I get a little squirmy. This is because, although I’m trying to be the best fruit bearing branch I can be, I still think pruning sounds painful.

 

Wikipedia says the purpose of pruning is: “shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of fruits. The practice entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from plants.”

 

This definition when applied to my life does sound like it is good for my overall growth and fruit bearing…still painful, but very needed.

 

What is God pruning in your life? He has definitely been shaping me lately. I read back through an old journal recently and for over a year I was asking the same question of the Lord essentially. Of what should I do about this situation, I didn’t like the situation, but I was stuck. Stuck so deeply that it got painful when the Lord got the pruning shears out and got to work. That pain made me move from my stuck situation, and fruit has begun to grow again.

 

So sisters, I pray that you will root yourself deeper into the Lord if that is where you are at.

 

Cling to what Colossians 2:7 says: “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

 

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Or, if you are like me and are in a season of pruning, I pray that you will let the Gardener do the work necessary for you to become more fruitful.

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you explained the process of being grafted to the vine, and drew the correlation to what a sacrifice it meant for Jesus for us to be the branches engrafted to Him. We owe Him so much. Glad I found you today! Blessings! Hope Prevails, Dr. Michelle Bengtson

  2. I am new to your blog, and am honored to join the link-up party! Thanks for hosting.

    I am a huge fan of word pictures/analogies – and your post was a terrific take on the lessons to be found when contemplating the Vine and branches. I also didn’t realize that grafting took a toll on the hosting vine either. Yes, *Jesus* is in all of that!!

    I’m not a fan of pruning either. But I do want to bear fruit. So, I pray for courage and patience as the Master Gardener does what needs to be done in order for me to bear fruit and look like The Vine.

    GOD BLESS!

    • winterlawson says:

      I’m so glad you joined! Thank you so much and I didn’t either until watching the video…I was in tears!

      I join you in that prayer, so glad you were encouraged and look forward to seeing you back! Have a blessed week!

  3. Winter, so glad I found you through Sue Detweiler’s blog linkup. I will be at SheSpeaks this summer too (my 3rd time). Yea, I look forward to meeting you there.

    Now this is FUN.

    • winterlawson says:

      I am SO excited to attend! I have never been, so I have only a small idea of what’s in store for me there but I know God will show up big!! I can’t wait to meet you! Are you apart of the SheSpeaks facebook group? Hope you have a blessed week!

  4. Wonderful words of Wisdom. We all need God’s grace, even when we don’t deserve it.

    Thanks for Linking up on my blog.

  5. Another great post, I have read this passage many times and have heard sermons, but it never ceases to amaze me how I can learn yet another truth. I had never seen the analogy of us being grafted to Jesus in this way. Thanks Winter for giving me more insight tonight!!

  6. I love this – “I believe spiritual fruit is obtained when we become more and more like Jesus. That’s what happens when that grafted transplant grows deeper and deeper into the vine, it is still itself but it becomes more and more like the vine.” What a beautiful post about the importance of abiding in Him! Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Kamea

  7. Winter, this was wonderful to stop and think about these verses more deeply- I love the thoughts and didn’t know that the vine had to be cut. So amazing that Jesus makes us apart of himself that way. I just love the cherry picture too! Thank you for blessing me! 🙂

    • winterlawson says:

      It is so amazing! Thank you…they were off my tree a couple of years ago and I put them on the hood of my car for that picture! So blessed to have you stop by and hope your week is blessed!

  8. Winter,
    Thank you for the beautiful illustration of grafting. While we all want the beauty of fruitfulness, I don’t know that most people are running to sign up for the grafting; the cutting, stripping and meaning back together, OUCH! Oh but what beautiful results it yields. Glad to be visiting you from #raralinkup

  9. Wow! I never realized what the vine had to go through in the grafting process nor how much it resembles what happened to Jesus. Thank you for your encouraging words to ‘draw deeply from the vine’ in times of stress and uncertainty. Thank you also for linking up at #InspireMeMonday! I love meeting new friends and finding other link ups :).

    • winterlawson says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by today! It is amazing to think of how connected we are to Jesus and I’m so glad we have his strength! I love finding new friends in the blogging community as well, such a great bunch of women!

  10. So glad that when my strength is gone I can draw from the strength of my father. My husband wants to try to graft some roses. It takes a master hand to be a successful gardener and the Lord sure qualifies. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Holley Gerth.

    • winterlawson says:

      You are so right! I hope your roses are successful, I don’t think I would have the skills for that! So glad you stopped by today!

  11. I like thinking about my life in the context of being grafted on to Jesus- it’s a wonderful word picture. Thanks for sharing. #livefree

  12. Hi Winter – Thanks for hosting! I just found this corner! Do you send reminders to link up? I’d love a reminder if you do that…

    also I host a weekly link up, that I’d love for you to join on thursdays if could…

    Thanks!

    Marissa
    Reading List

    oh I’ll make sure to get a button up for your hop soon!

    • winterlawson says:

      I hope to send reminders…this is my first week so I’m still getting my barrings! I will be sure to add you to my planned list 🙂 I will be sure to check out your link up!

  13. Wow! Winter, thank you so much for sharing this! What a beautiful truth that we are grafted to JESUS! You have blessed me this morning, my friend! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  14. I love Colossians 2:7. It’s always been one of my favorite verses. Thanks so much for linking up at Counting My Blessings! I’ve added your link up to my page. Look forward to getting to know you!

  15. Hey Winter- you very kindly commented on my post so I found you via Blessing Counters Link-up… looks like we are on the same track with your pruning and my extraction! 🙂 Lovely to see you have a link-up… I’ve joined in and hope to encourage others, too. Thanks for this post- wonderful words of (sometimes painful) truth. Blessings to you!

  16. I agree Winter, pruning is painful. But the joy that is beyond the prune is worthy ~ go Jesus! I love your authentic style for sharing here on your blog. Visiting via Blessing Counters as well as a return visit from my blog, http://www.KristiWoods.net. Blessings to you.

  17. I just added your blog to my Linkup List at Reflect Link up.
    http://thereflectionofhim.blogspot.com/p/reflect.html

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