A Contemplative Lenten Experience: Abide
Scripture: John 15:5 – 14 NLT
“Yes, 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. 6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
9“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command.
Grafting is a horticultural technique that joins two plants together. It is considered successful when the two parts (the scion or the branch and the rootstock ) “join together”. Basically, the vascular tissues of the branch and the rootstock join together. The Scion is selected for its stem, leaves, and fruits and is grafted so it can be duplicated. The rootstock is chosen for its roots. And there’s more, the scion is cut in a certain way so that it can be properly aligned with the vascular cells of the rootstock (basically to carry nutrients and fluids).
Ponder over your role as a scion (the branch that is grafted to the root/base). How are you being cut to fit into the rootstock so that you may produce good fruit? Acknowledge the pain. Think of the faith and love the Father Gardener has in you to bear fruit. What a privilege to be bound to Jesus so you can bear fruit. And in order to bear good fruit the branch has to be bound so it does not shift so that it can draw nutrients and fluids from the rootstock and live.
Lord Jesus thank you for being my rootstock. Thank you for choosing me as your branch. Help me stay still and abide in you so that I may bear much fruit for you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen