Confidence, hopes, and dreams fill minds of young adults exiting their teen years and stepping into the adult world. Schooling surrenders to pursuing the plans they have prepared for themselves. Days turn into years, they realize reality does not match their dreams. Life’s journey with its detours leave them questioning where they are going. Many believe they make their own destiny then discover it’s not at all what they would have chosen, but yet, it is the consequence of choices made in the uncertainties of life.
Living life to the fullest begins with losing your life to the One who knows what the future holds and sustains you through all of life’s surprises, as He leads you to the destination He has prepared for you. It happens for those attached to and abiding in the right vine.
The bible speaks of two specific vines people branch from. Each clearly picture the future for those attached to them. One is found in Revelation 14:18 and 19. It is called the vine of the earth. This vine is tended by Satan and we all shared in it at one time according to Ephesians 2:2, 3a. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience; Among whom also we all had our conversation(life), in times past…” Being fed and tended by Satan, we grow into branches of lusts fulfilling our every desire and are disobedient to God, the children of wrath. The word goes on in Galatians 5 explaining the lives these branches have. “…the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkeness, orgies, and things like these…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (verses 19-21, ESV). Back in Revelation 14 we are told the final end of the vine of the earth is to be cast into the “great winepress of the wrath of God.” Life nor death sound promising attached to this vine.
Now for the good news. The other vine is found in John 15. Jesus is speaking and says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman…I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If you keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love…”
You cannot be attached to both vines. Either you are of the earth’s vine, “As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy…” and we bear the image of the earthy. Or we are, “as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly…” and we shall bear the heavenly image. (Referenced in 1Cor. 15.)
Galatians 5:22,23 shows the fruit the True Vine bears in His branches. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” God has chosen you to bring forth fruit. And now, “…being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:22,23. This is a promise you can live by.
So, is life in the True Vine all sunshine and roses? Yes, and no. No, because those abiding the True Vine, live in opposition to the vine of the earth. We face surprises and bad things. And, yes, because we know where we are going and who is leading the way. We will reach our destination for God gives us His Holy Spirit as our guarantee. And along the journey we will know our purpose and have a peace that passes understanding. For we trust the all sufficient Gardner to lead the way.
Praying you know the fullness of life lived in Christ.