Just like my daughter knows that she can't separate the vine and the branches and expect to get tomatoes or pumpkins, Jesus reminds us that we cannot bear fruit without being connected to Him! It seems like common sense, but sometimes we try to separate ourselves by doing things on our own. When we try to do things on our own, our efforts start to shrivel, much like a vine removed from the main stalk.
A vine cannot be placed back on the stalk and continue to bear fruit. The good news for us is that we are different from the vine, we can be reconnected with Jesus! We are able to repent and be forgiven so that we can be reconnected with our vine, Jesus Christ. We can return to bearing fruit for His Kingdom!
Be sure that you are securely connected to the vine, so you can bear fruit for God's Kingdom!
Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Thank You for allowing me to return to You when I get separated and for being the vine that strengthens me so that I can work to further Your Kingdom. Through Jesus, the Vine, I pray, amen.