With the Word of God, there can be NO compromise.
John 15:2 – Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Are you in Christ today? Have you been born again? Is Jesus Christ you Savior? If that answer to any of the three questions is “yes,” then you answer to all three questions is “yes.” It’s that simple. There is NO middle ground. You’re either saved or you’re not. You’re either a sinner or a saint. You CANNOT be an “old sinner saved by grace.” You WERE an old sinner; then you were saved by grace; NOW you are the righteousness of God in Christ. That being settled, we move along.
As a child of God, you are a “branch in Christ.” He is the Vine, we are His branches. As a branch, one of two things is true. Either you are bearing fruit, or you are not. I reiterate, there is NO middle ground. Are you bearing fruit? Your truthful answer can only be one of two words; “YES,” or “NO.” As a branch in Jesus, whether you are bearing fruit or not, the choice is your own. It is determined by what you choose to do with the life of God that flows into you. You can stop it from flowing through you and be unfruitful, or you can allow it to flow through you and be fruitful. It’s your choice. But here, you MUST be aware. It is your choice that determines how our Text for Today will be applied in your life. Your choice determines if you will be “taken away,” or “purged.” Through a heart that cries out for a fruitful body of Christ, I urge you to give my words strong consideration.
As a branch in Christ, you are expected to bear fruit; this glorifies Father. If you do not bear fruit, our Text for Today says you will be taken away. This does not say you will be lost, go to hell, or suffer the torments of the lake of fire. It says you will be taken away. I cannot speak to the full import of what it means for the Lord to take away a branch. But I can tell you this, a branch can bear no fruit except it abides in the vine, and if one is taken away from the vine, the only outcome is fruitless. ONLY in the vine can we bear fruit. However, if you bear fruit, don’t expect to be taken away, but you SHOULDexpect to be purged. That word means “to wash, clean, refine, and purify.” It also means to clean out by flowing through. The Lord rejoices over any fruitful branch, and He will work with it, wash it, clean it, refine it, purify it, and flow through it to produce MORE fruit, BETTER fruit, and MORE EXCELLENT” fruit. Which will you be? Fruitful or fruitless? Purged or taken away? The choice in your own.
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; John 14:12-17; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 55:6-13; Hebrews 12:1-3; Psalm 1