“I’ll Be The Branch, You Be the Vine”
By Zach Wood
John 15:5-8 NIV
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
This chapter of John has been one of my favorite passages of Scripture for many years. I have always appreciated and cherished the example Jesus gives of how we are the branches and He is the vine of life. The imagery of this Scripture is amazing and every time I think of the words, I am truly reminded how vital it is to remain attached to Him.
Back in 1997, White Heart released their album “Redemption” with the song “The Vine”. Here are some of the lyrics:
“I'll be the branch, you be the vine, 'cause I've been withering away for some time,
Now I feel your healing flowing to my mind, I'll be the branch and you be the vine.
I feel so free when you are my Lord and I am just me.”
I honestly don’t know why I try so hard so often each day to live life all on my own. I am reminded so often that it never works out right when I try to live life on my terms and not God’s terms. I need to hang on to the vine and I will live strong. Apart from holding on, I will not survive.
All God wants each of us to be is just “me”. That’s it! He just wants us to be who we are. He will take care of leading us and directing us. Our job is to hold on and trust in Him for the ride. We are the branch, He is the vine. We are not to be in the control tower or the driver’s seat. However, so many days this is exactly how our lives look.
I want to encourage all of us today and every day from here on out, to let God be God and for us to just be who we are. We will feel so free when He is our Lord and we are just who we need to be. Only God provides the nourishment we need and we need to stay connected.
We are the branches, He is the vine. We need to stay connected or else we will just wither away. We need His healing. Are we abiding in Him?