“A branch is simply a bit of wood, brought forth by the vine for the one purpose of serving it in bearing its fruit. It is of the very same nature as the vine, and has one life and one spirit with it. Just think a moment of the lessons this suggests. There is the lesson of entire consecration. The branch has but one object for which it exists, one purpose to which it is entirely given up. That is, to bear the fruit the vine wishes to bring forth. And so the believer has but one reason for his being a branch–but one reason for his existence on earth –that the heavenly Vine may through him bring forth His fruit.” (Andrew Murray)
We have a purpose: to bear fruit. The sap, the life, comes from the vine. But our job is to be pliable and responsive to God’s pruning, to grow stronger, to allow Jesus to fill us up, and to give ourselves over to the great amount of fruit God has planned.
The central work of God is the work of sacrificial love. It’s not a love of equal relationships, or community respect, or of dinner obligations. God’s work of love in Jesus reaches out to show the world a love that is unearned, undeserved, and sometimes unreciprocated. This is the transformative kind of love that can even lead to death. We are witnesses with the disciples to the love of Jesus Christ. Through his love, through loving others IN HIM, we will be able to bear great fruit in this world, to the glory of God!