Almost every woman likes to receive a fresh bouquet of flowers. After inhaling the sweet spray of fragrance, she wastes no time pruning and placing them into water. The carefully selected flowers are beautiful when she receives them, but in reality, their days are numbered. The statuesque plant once rooted in nourishment has been severed from its life source.

It’s inevitable.

Soon the flowers will die.

One can see in this a picture of the Christian whose spiritual vitality has faded and shriveled.  

Such a person has become a cut-flower-believer.

This is similar to the illustration Jesus used in describing the vine and the branches. Just as a branch can’t bear fruit apart from its life source, we can’t bear spiritual fruit unless we abide in Him, the true vine (John 15:4).

Apart from the vine our spiritual fruit will fade, shrivel, and ultimately die. Fellowship with Christ is the secret to fruitfulness. Abiding in Him is our energy source, our life-line. We were made for dependence on Him and connection to Him. Let’s embrace Jesus’ declaration “Without Me you can do nothing.” In other words, “With Me you can do everything I appoint for you, including bearing much fruit!”

What kind of branch are you?




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LOVE this Kelli! I want to bear much fruit!

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Perfect analogy!! I don’t want to ever be a cut-flower-believer. Lord, keep me planted firmly in the nourishment of your Word and your Love… Amen. Love you!

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I don’t ever want to be cut off from my Life source… I need HIM!

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This is very inspiring for me and I am sure a lot of people need this always…Thank you for the awesome post…
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