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The Vine and the Branches

By Bill Bowles

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.

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. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

John 15:4-11 New International Version (NIV)

Key Ideas

  • Staying close to Christ
  • A choice of withering or fruitfulness
  • Joy in obedience

Action step

Take a good look at a houseplant or a garden flower today; use your observation to write a parable.


Lord, it is more important today that I walk with you as close as I know how even though I always expect you to walk closely with me.

This devotion is from a book of devotions written by Bill Bowles, resident of Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor.

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