Day 3 The True Vine
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Have you been made a part of the true vine? Or have you been made a branch of a branch? Over the course of nearly two thousand years Christianity has transformed from being the way to being an organization, and we have succeeded more in bringing in members than we have in developing disciples of Jesus.
We have been well intentioned by bringing in people to our denominations, yet by making branches of branches we have failed to become like Christ. Instead we have succeeded in becoming like each other and the doctrines held by man, rather than those imparted by the Word. When we are a branch of a branch, we become subject to the limits of the branch. You will never be bigger, cleaner, more effective, more fruit bearing, or more sweet, than the branch to which you are attached.
But when we are attached to the True vine, rather than to a branch of the vine, we will become more accurately representative of the vine’s nature and of its fullness.
Every Christian, from every denomination, in every tongue, has this obligation: be grafted into the True vine. Our loyalty to Jesus should never be superseded by our loyalty to one of his ministers. Our willingness to believe the Word must never be usurped by exalting another man’s interpretation of the Word.
We must each examine ourselves. Do we identify more with a denomination than with Christ? Do we desire to know the Word above all? While we are urged to follow others as they follow Christ, we are never meant to be a branch of others as they are branches of Christ.