This week, Jesus tells us a story of vines and vine growers. Jesus is the vine – we are the branches, and branches that are separated from the vine die. The vine grower tends the vine and as the season lengthens, all the branches bear rich fruit.
As a beautiful plant is a credit to its gardener, so our fruits are a credit to God. It’s like the moment at baptism when a representative form the congregation lights a candle and gives it to the baptized and says “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.
The Presbyterian Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man [sic]? To glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” We glorify God in our discipleship, and it’s fun. It’s joyful. It’s wonderful. It’s freeing. It’s beautiful.
God wants us to be alive, beautiful and flourishing. And so God tends us, prunes us, waters us and shines on us. May God bless you richly this week – and may all your good works glorify you Father in Heaven!