Tomato vines are great to see in a garden as it produces many fruit from a single vine. To have those fruit requires some effort by the gardener. The earth has to be tilled, weeds pulled, and rocks removed. We put some thought into the proper spacing and arrangement of the garden. We desire the vine to sprout to life for there to be a lot of fruit. The water is applied in proper amounts to feed the fruit through the vine. If somehow the fruit is cut off from the nourishment of the vine then the whole garden becomes waste. With good earth, a willing spirit, watering, and sunshine we have vines growing in the direction of the Sun that brings forth a lot of fruit.
We definitely know people by their fruit, which gives light as to the vine that is feeding them. There is much difference between fruit that blossom from the Cross of Christ and fruit that comes about from a worldly agenda. Those of the Cross realize the sinful nature of the fleshly earth, and rely on God’s patience, self-control, and perseverance to bring fruit of the Spirit. As the fleshly stones and weeds of harsh and aggressive conflict are subdued by the atonement of Christ, the Holy Spirit brings forth the fruit of a meek and gentle spirit of peace. Jesus Christ is the vine from which the fruit blossoms. Water applied to the soil of the garden is what Christ’s shed blood is to our earthly flesh. Through Christ, the sinful nature of hatred, cruelty, and ill-will is subjected to bring forth the fruit of love, kindness, and goodwill. Humanity comes to waste when the Vine is scoffed at and His fruit of repentance is rejected. The fruitfulness of our life grows according to the direction of the Son, and God’s spirit of joy, goodness, and faith favors us.
The world offers many roads to “salvation,” but none have a remedy for the sins of the flesh. They leave the rocks and weeds in place while being indifferent to the vine which nourishes the fruit. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:1-4