Consider that you have been ordained by God to impact this world for the Lord, with the Lord, and in the Lord. And the Lord is in you to accomplish his will – to bear his fruit. Remain in Jesus and you will bear much fruit because Jesus is the producer of the fruit!
1 I will sing for the one I love
a song about his vineyard:
My loved one had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones
and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
but it yielded only bad fruit.
3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?
12 they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord,
no respect for the work of his hands.
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.
Isaiah 5:1-4, 12, 20-21
4 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.
5 “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.
After creating his vineyard out of the wild, carving it out of a fertile hillside, surrounded by protective hedges with a watchtower and a winepress, the vineyard produced no good grapes for the Lord.
This is a parable of God’s children whom he called unto himself. He made Israel a people for his own possession and they did not produce fruit in keeping with God’s work in their lives. Of course, we do not stand back in judgement because we tend to suffer from the same wandering.
In Isaiah’s prophecy, God is bringing down the hammer. He will take away the protective hedge and destroy the wall around his vineyard. The disobedience and disregard of God’s people will result in their exile and their discipline. This is what happens when God’s people have (vs. 12) no regard for the deeds of the Lord or respect for the work of his hands. They call evil good and good evil (vs. 20).
The Christian adds another parable to this one from Isaiah. Jesus taught us, also, that God is the gardener. We see in John 15 that God cuts off branches which bear not fruit, yet we also see that Jesus is our answer to bearing fruit. We are not left on our own to obey laws and commands with no help.
Apart from Jesus we can do nothing, yet by remaining in Jesus, we will bear much fruit because he is the vine. Jesus is the producer of the fruit on the branches which remain connected to him. And so, vineyard, you have been created by God to bear much fruit.
You have been ordained by God to impact this world for the Lord, with the Lord, and in the Lord. And the Lord is in you to accomplish his will – to bear his fruit.
Will you remain connected to the vine?