Jesus used parables and stories to teach his listeners about the love of God and God’s plan and purpose for mankind.
When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:6 (NIV)
He expressed God’s love and care for people in the imagery of a good shepherd. He said:
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11 (NIV)
In this passage, John 15:1-11, Jesus wants to tell the people that his disciples are called to live a fruitful life for the glory of God, for the blessing of the world, and also for their [the disciples] joy to be complete.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NIV)
The open secret of a fruitful life is found in abiding in Jesus Christ and let His Word abide in us. Thus, the imagery of the Vine and Branches rightly illustrates that as followers of Jesus Christ we are called to abide in Jesus Christ, the vine, and then we will be able to live a fruitful life.
Also remember that the Father, as a vinedresser, is at work in our lives to make us more fruitful. Let’s abide in the vine and bear fruit!