Joy Made Full…
The branch of the vine that’s who we are. We are not the vine but the branch. When we accept this position life is much easier. We are not in charge and we can never be in charge. Once we accept the Lord, Jesus Christ, as our savior, we immediately give up the “front seat” and move to the rear. He, Jesus Christ, is in charge and gives us what we need.
As the vine, and not the branch, we are dependent upon the branch for the sap. Without the sap the branch will not bear fruit. The more sap that flows through us, the more fruit that we will bear. If the flow of sap it dries up and there is no fruit. What is the point of the branch being attached to the vine? There is no point. The Father sees the branch is barren and removes it and cast it into the fire.
When we produce a great amount of fruit, that is to say we are following Jesus Christ, staying in the Word of God, spreading the Gospel, serving others and being faithful to our prayer life, everything in life changes.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. ~John 15:6-11 NASB95
When Jesus is speaking it makes it much easier to accept. When He says that if we abide in Him then He will abide in us, we should accept that Word. There is little room for interpretation. Jesus always means what He says. Sometimes, when He is speaking in parables, it may take a minute to understand exactly what is being said, but when we rest on it, the Words always speak clearly. As stated, it may take a minute for the Words to be made clear but they will be made clear.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.