I discovered the song “Mvini” by We Will Worship (click link above) on December 31, 2018 – about two hours before it was time to ring in the new year. Honestly, it set the tone for my 2019. It was such a sweet reminder that Jesus is the True Vine and He calls us to rest in His promises. Everything is already set in stone by Him. All He requires is for us is to have faith and to learn how to surrender + draw strength from Him – not our mom, dad, sister, brother, boyfriend, friends or co workers. All he requires of us is to read His word, praise + worship, communicate with Him in prayer and praying for others and to have community and love on others (John 15:17). Full surrender. Full disclosure. ALL of you resting 100% on HIM our own True Vine.
He calls us to produce fruit – fruit that comes from Him. He prunes us to produce high- quality fruit. Jesus used this analogy of the vine to show us that we should always remain (abide) in Him. He is longing for us to abide in Him. (John 4:4). His followers who believed in Him were branches of God’s vine. Without this Vine (Jesus) – the branches (us) had no source of life within themselves. The branches (us) would produce no fruit and were good for nothing.
Rest in Him
John 15 (NLT) says:
Jesus, the True Vine
1“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.
2He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.
4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5“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.
6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
9“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
13There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
14You are my friends if you do what I command.
15I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
16You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
17This is my command: Love each other.
The World’s Hatred
18“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.
19The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
20Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
21They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.
22They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin.
23Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.
24If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father.
25This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’
26“But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.
27And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.
Here’s to pruning + growing with deeply planted roots and resting in the “True Vine”
lots of love,
The Graced Citizen