By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.”
God says in the verse above, “Israel is an empty vine…” What does that mean to be an “empty vine”? It means that the vine has no fruit on it. Because the vine tried to keep fruit to itself and not feed others like God intended for it to feed, the vine stopped bearing fruit and eventually died.
You see, a vine without fruit is worthless. The purpose of the vine is not to feed itself, but its purpose is to be the enjoyment of others. The vine does not bring forth the grape to feed itself, but it brings forth the grape to provide juice to drink and food to eat. As long as the vine understands that its purpose is to be a conduit to others, the vine will continue to be blessed of God and enjoy bearing fruit.
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My friend, God did not bless you to keep His blessings to yourself, but He blessed you so that you can be a blessing to others. The believer who chooses to live for themselves will become a person who finds their life empty. God did not save you just to go to Heaven, for if that were His purpose, He would have taken you to Heaven the moment you got saved. God did not save you just to worship Him, for if that were His purpose, He would have taken you to Heaven to second you got saved because there is no better place to worship God than in Heaven. However, God saved you and has kept you on this Earth to be a vine to feed others. Everything that God has given you is for the purpose of being a blessing to others. A few critical lessons can be learned from this truth.
First, there is no joy in living for yourself. The individual who chooses to live for themselves will find their life is empty. It is amazing how many people try to find true joy in life, but they make the mistake to try and find joy by seeing what will satisfy themselves. Solomon learned in the book of Ecclesiastes that living for yourself leads to a life of vanity and vexation of spirit. There is no joy in living for yourself. Yes, you may enjoy a moment of euphoria by feeding yourself, but you will find yourself empty when the excitement of feeding yourself is over. You cannot live to feed yourself and find fulfillment in life.
Second, the greatest joy in life that leaves you full is when you live to be a blessing to others. God made the vine to feed others, and as long as the vine fed others it continued to bear fruit. You must understand that bearing fruit bears fruit. What I mean by this statement is that the more you try to help others, the more blessings you will find so that you can help others. God gives back to you according to the measure that you give to others. God cannot give you more if you don’t empty yourself out to others what He has already given to you. The answer to finding fulfillment in life is to live your life trying to be a blessing to others.
My friend, your mindset towards God’s blessings in your life should not be to get, but your mindset should be to desire to get so you can give. Please understand that the vine was simply a conduit for God’s blessings to others, and you are to be a conduit of God’s blessings to others. If you are going to find fulfillment in your Christian walk, don’t just enjoy your salvation, but share the Gospel with others so that they can enjoy the blessings of being saved. The more you are a conduit of the Gospel to others, the more you will find joy in your walk with Christ.
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