The vine didn’t produce grapes by doing a lot of tricks. Fruit came about by its connection to the soil, light, and water. Powers bigger than the vine or the grape.
The tree that made the cross wasn’t significant because it grew the tallest in the forest or was of unique splendor. It became significant when something more powerful than itself took charge of its life. The logger cut it down, stripped off its leaves and made boards out of it. But it would have remained ordinary like the crosses that held the thieves—except God made the difference. His connection to the tree gave the significance. His blood on it made it a symbol of hope to people thousands of years after Jesus’ crucifixion.
Parchment is ordinary, perhaps of some worth if a famous poet wrote his first poem on it. But lasting value is attributed to the pages called THE HOLY BIBLE. God’s words written on those pages give that paper purpose, meaning, and value.
Children don’t choose their family. They just are. Whether by biology or legality, they never earn their way into their family. Their value isn’t because they were perfect enough to be selected. Their value is because of whose they are, whose blood flows through them, whose love they receive, whose name they wear.
On our own, we are empty boxes. Our bodies are temporary, collapsible, going to be thrown away. But what resides in our bodies will last forever. Our inner man is the vine, the tree, the paper, the life that has all the potential it needs to become great. But to reach our full value, we must be touched by something greater. We become priceless because of Whose We are. If we are in Him, we bear fruit. If His blood covers us, then we have a new identity, a worthy one. If Christ, the Word, is in us, then we have everlasting significance, eternally written in the Book of Life. Becoming a child of God through spiritual adoption gives us the family name and the birthright of the King’s sons.
It is only through Jesus that we have significance. Apart from Him we can do nothing or be nothing of eternal worth, but with Him, we can do and become more than we ever imagined we could be.
Tip/Tidbit: Having Jesus’ blood and His name on us takes the box from cardboard to golden. Having His Spirit within us fills us with priceless treasure. Let’s cease with our will and allow God to overtake and infill our lives.
He will make more of us than we could dream, probably not what we’d dream, and we will never be empty and wanting again.