“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” – John 15:5 (NIV).
Tree grafting is a process where a weaker root is conjoined with a more firmer root stock to yield a more enduring and productive plant. This art of horticulture farming has been traced back 4,000 years ago to ancient China and Mesopotamia. The major benefits are a new plant with a certain characteristic of the rootstock – for example, hardiness, drought tolerance, or disease resistance.
When Christ says, “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” (vv 4), he is emphasizing for us to be productive in our Christian lives we must be rooted in him like grafted plants.
Further, the Lord points out, “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” (vv 6). But more importantly, “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” (vv 7-8).
Not all tree plants are grafted necessarily and can do well. However, those that are grafted certainly do much better. When our lives are not rooted in Christ we can get by. But once we are rooted in Christ we are even more fruitful.
Today, may we be grafted in Christ, that we may be firmer, more enduring and productive in our Christian lives.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as your word says if we are rooted in you we bear lasting fruits, I pray that I am ever grafted in you for your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.