Jesus Is Like a Vine
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch( The “branches” are Jesus’ followers.) of mine that does not produce fruit. (produce fruit-meaning the way Jesus’ followers must live to show they belong to him.)
He also trims every branch that produces fruit to prepare it to produce even more.
You have already been prepared to produce more fruit by the teaching I have given you.
Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything.
If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you.
Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father.”
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