"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5
How can a branch bear fruit without a vine to attach itself to? How can a branch bear leaves or flowers without the trunk of the tree nourishing it and giving it life? We cannot show the love of God if we are not connected with Him, if He is not flowing through us. If we do not abide in His love, we cannot be filled with this love. And without it, we can do nothing...so we are nothing.
The cherries are being picked this week in the valley - vibrant red, sweet & ready to stain the closest white shirt. Next will be the apricots, the plums, the nectarines and the peaches.
The vineyards are bursting with green but their fruit won't be ready until the fall. If we were to cut off these teeny tiny clusters from the vine now, it would be too soon, they would not be strong enough to last through the summer & become those full plump juicy grapes ready for the winepress in September.
So it happens with us & God. We attach ourselves to Him, feel His spirit flowing through us, and His love. We feel strong but we are still new. We cannot let go of Him and think we can make it on our own just because we had the nourishment from Him. Abiding in God is not something we can detach from & think that we can continue on as before. Or like those premature clusters of grapes, we will wither, we will shrink & eventually we will die.
He is our true vine and only when we are part of the vine will we gain our strength.