Bearing much fruit
Well yes, we were privileged to be in the very South West of France this summer and there they were – vines cladding the fields and hillsides in the warm sunshine (and occasional showers in case you were getting a little jealous). The grapes were lush and the wines were amazing too, of course they were! Fruitfulness….. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”1 What fruit do you want to bear? St Paul tells us the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace and much more2. Surely anyone can bear such fruit, whether they live in England, Iceland or the south of France? But those words, “Apart from me you can do nothing” ring round my head as a constant warning. Israel’s and Christian history are littered with times of the very opposite of fruitfulness! But Jesus still calls us to be rooted in Him, joined to Him – and he promises us much fruit if we will do just that, all our days (and vines take years to grow to produce the best fruit!). If we really want to see the ‘goodness of God in the land of the living’3, here in Oldfield Park, let plant ourselves in Him.
1 John 15.5 2Galatians 5.22-23 3Psalm 27.13