The Vine and Branches

“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. John 15:5-6

Building off yesterday’s devotional of acknowledging the power and presence of Jesus hourly, and having failed miserably at being able to keep up the pace even for a few hours, it’s probably appropriate to build a base beforehand. Those who have followed this devotional regularly might remember that in a number of devotionals early on I emphasized the need to memorize or hide Scripture within our hearts so that the Holy Spirit can use it. The “base” in this case is this Scripture passage. Today’s passage in particular lends itself to a fantastic acknowledgement of who we are and who He is.

The assignment for this week is a simple one: internalize verse 5. Do what you have to to memorize it and “make it stick.” That is to say, memorize it in such a way that when you hear the word vine or branch or fruit, this passage comes to mind. Internalizing it takes it a few steps beyond memorization.

The point of this exercise is to take one simple verse and allow the Holy Spirit to use it in our lives. It’s not an entire passage; it’s one verse. It’s very doable. You could probably memorize it in ten minutes. It’ll take a little more each day to internalize it.

But, it’s doable.

“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.” John 15:5

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