Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula is a beautiful strip of land jutting out into the Traverse Bay. It actually separates East Traverse Bay from West Traverse Bay. This peninsula is a fruitful land, ideally situated on the 45th Parallel and is the perfect environment in which to grow vineyards and orchards. Sunlight hits the earth at the perfect angle and the proper amount of time at the 45th parallel.
When we visited this beautiful and fertile area in the fall of 2017, we enjoyed seeing the fruitfulness and blessings that God provides.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.
This verse comes from a section in the Bible where Jesus was instructing His disciples in the days preceding His death. He was using an example that they would have understood well – the example of the grapevine and branches. Jesus compared Himself to the vine and His followers to the branches. There is no fruitfulness in the branches in and of themselves. They must be attached to the vine to produce fruit.
In fact, grapes are actually the result of the vine being so full of sap that it overflows and fills up the branches. The branches become so full that the sap has nowhere to go, so it leaks out of the branch in the form of fruit.
This is such a fitting word picture of our life in Christ. He fills me with His fullness, and the more I allow Him to live through me, the more fruitful my life becomes. As I abide in Christ, spiritual fruit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, self-control and more, will be what I display. It is only when I am full of Christ, that His fruit is seen in my life.