April 29

Life With God Comes First: The Sower And The Seed

“I am the true vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned” (John 15:5-6)

How wonderful that Easter falls in the Spring. The world is waking from its dreary slumber, and life is blooming all around us. What an appropriate time to celebrate Jesus coming back to life. I wonder if the disciples, after Jesus had ascended to heaven, ever sat around and talked about his parables, and the other things he said, with new understanding. “Oooohhhh…so that’s what he meant when he was talking about the sower and the seeds. He was the sower and the seed…”

Jesus used a lot of agricultural metaphors. (I wonder why he didn’t use any carpentry ones…) Thistles. Grapes. Branches. Good and bad fruit. But none is more important, I think, than the one from John where we’re told to remain in him. Other versions use “abide,” or “joined with.” That makes me think of grafting, where you can take a branch from one plant, attach it to a completely different healthy plant, and it can thrive. It can even take on characteristics of that new plant. Isn’t that what we want? To graft ourselves to the true vine and take on his fruit?

Prayer: God, thank you for inviting us to abide in you. May we take this opportunity, and may the fruit of that abiding be evident to everyone we meet—and may you get all of the glory.