“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
Vines that grow grapes take a lot of care. A grapevine isn’t a plant it and forget it gardening project. Jesus knew that the disciples would know that. He also knew that they were each a real piece of work.
He is the vine, we are the branches, and the Father – the vinedresser – is constantly working on us to grow. This passage is rich enough to influence you in it’s own way. Read through it again and remember, God is working on you and Christ to grow together and be infinitely fruitful.