Why do we need those secateurs: Secret Santa Blog Day

Three years Jesus nurtured his disciples as they walked, talked and healed.  Out of hundreds, He chose twelve to nurture.

It takes three years of nurturing for a vine to become fruitful.  There are two pruning seasons: early winter and then spring.  Restraining growth increases fruits.  Every year requires nurturing, tending, pruning, selecting, harvesting.

The right soil, the right climate, the right way for that vine – in that piece of soil – in that particular place and time.

“‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”  John 15:1-8

Abiding in Jesus is not salvation.  Abiding in Jesus is not a job.  Abiding your time (!) is not wasting your time.  Abiding your tongue is not “the rules”.  Abiding in the vine and the vine in you is I Am.

I Am.

No additions.  No enhancements. No extras.

Like the addition of “perhaps”, or “not clever enough”, nor “don’t understand the bible enough”, not even “when I get the time”, or even “when I finish this or that or the other”.

I Am All.  I Am Enough.

I Am is nurturing, tending, caring, loving, living, safing, being.  Being enough always.  Being all always.

No additions.  No enhancements. No extras.

Like the additional: Sign ‘em up and move ‘em along.  Get them through the doors!  We need bums on seats!  Dress like this.  Behave like that.  Respond like this!  Tithe that much!  Don’t do this.  Do do that.  Don’t ask questions.  Wait until you are asked.  Don’t complain if we don’t ask.  This is the Lord’s work!  Get out there and prove you love Him!  Find them sinners and bring them home!  And remember always – you are just a sinner – never ever worthy.

“Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

Because if He is me and I in Him – then He is in you and you in Him.  Which means apart from each other – we must be apart from Him.

No additions.  No enhancements.  No extras – because our pruning always removes the very best of God.

Love.

And I wonder … if you are the vine – if I am the vine – if we are the vine …

Why do we need those secateurs at all?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to Why do we need those secateurs: Secret Santa Blog Day

  1. paulfg says:

    Reblogged this on Just me being curious and commented:
    Secret Santa Blog Day – another one unwrapped! 🙂

  2. realchange4u says:

    Well said. Just be… In him and he in us.

    joy to you

  3. “No additions. No enhancements. No extras.” And “And I wonder … if you are the vine – if I am the vine – if we are the vine …” then we must be abiding in each other. And if THAT is true, there truly is no us and them. WOW!
    Definitely no shears needed. This is the REAL Miracle Grow!!! 😀

  4. Pingback: Secret Santa Blog Day – the Roll Call | Just me being curious

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