Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. The Father is the vinedresser. It is important for us to realize the relationship between the vinedresser and the vine. Jesus said that any branch that does not produce fruit, the vine dresser takes away. At first, when we read this, we are alarmed. We feel afraid that we might be cut off. However, the Greek word for “takes away” is “Airo” which actually means “to lift up.”
As the Vinedresser, God does not mean to harm us or “cut us off.” He simply wants to lift us up out of the dirt we fell into. He wants to clean us up and make sure that we are well-nurtured in order that we might produce fruit again. Similarly, Jesus said that the vine would be pruned. The Greek here is “Kathairo” which means “to cleanse.” As we look further into the text, it is easy to see that the Lord’s desire is for us to be built up and encouraged, not torn apart.
We see this desire expressed in Ephesians 5:25-30. Christ cares for the church (His body) the same way we would take care of our own personal bodies. The sooner we recognize our need for the Vine and the Vinedresser and embrace the pruning process, the sooner we will bear fruit. It’s impossible for the branch to produce fruit apart from the Vine.