A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
I saw a similar image as this one the other day as I was scrolling social media. “Be the branch” and I instantly knew the scripture that was being referenced from John 15, but I saw something extra in that moment of scrolling that the content sharer didn’t say, not had I really thought of before.
This set of scripture is centered around verse 5, “I am the vine; you are the branches [Jesus explains]. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
But in that moment and since then, the Lord shared the request of “be the branch”. “Sara, I need you to be the branch. I need each of those who believe in me to be the branch I need them to be.”
I saw a single branch like I inserted in the image above— stretching out over the land, protective and essential with a purpose assigned by God himself. The branch is strengthened by the trunk and root system—like we are with God’s grace and the authority we have been given through Jesus.
God isn’t just asking us to stay connected to Him for our protection and destination (although that is a big part of it ). That’s the foundation to stay connected, but the purpose is far more.
“You have been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.” John 15: 3
Do you know what the purpose of branches consists of?
- Structural support for the all of the leaves, fruits and flowers that the tree produces
- Vessels that carry and distribute water to the leaves, fruit, and flowers
- Vessels that carry food from the leaves to the rest of the tree. Branches even store unused food that the tree will need later on, especially during hard seasons.
- A way maker for tree leaves to receive the most light; becoming a net for the light and growing any direction [even sideways] to accomplish this for the sake of the whole tree.
How beautiful is this correlation when we think of how much God loves of us. Jesus pleading for us to be His branches. His blood runs through our veins just like the blood of the tree runs through it’s branches, giving each part of the tree it’s ability [grace] to accomplish it’s purpose.
I love the power of medicinal grade (non-money marketed/ produced) essential oils from Young Living for instance. The Lord has shown me so much through these medicinal grade essential oils. He created trees and plants DNA and cellular energy to be the most similar to ours as humans! The oil of the plant is the blood of the plant. In the blood/oil there is tremendous power!
We have the same power of God himself inside of us through His Spirit! (Alot of times the pouring out of oil in the bible references the Holy Spirit.) The branches of the tree is actually the powerhouse of the tree—-the root system and trunk sustains the tree, but the branches is where all of the food, water, power is exchanged.
What exchange are you offering? How are you being the branch today? Are you carrying and distributing the life giving water and food of God to others in your life? Are you humbly making a way for others to receive the light they need to flourish—no matter how uncomfortable it may be for you?
The branches are the CROWN of the tree. Don’t forget who or whose you are.
Wow! We know God says throughout His word that He CROWNS us with beautiful things like victory, joy, health, peace, to name a few.
So wherever you are today, no matter what season you’re in—BE THE BRANCH.
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow [to others]! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:11-13