I don’t know how many times the Bible talks about the church being like a vineyard. I know that it’s a whole lot. There are thousand things that are significant about that. I discovered a new one this week. Surprisingly it was from an Old Testament passage.
Ezekial 15:1 And the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, how does the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? 3 Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? 4 Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel.
There’s a reason we’re so often called a vine. If you think about it, any fruit-bearing plant would serve most if not all of the illustrations just fine. But it always seems to be a vine. I think the above texts give a clue as to why.
Vines without fruit are worthless. Vines without fruit are weeds.
Trees without fruit can still be quite functional. We can enjoy their shade, beautify our yards, build houses out of them!
Vines without fruit are tangled messes. They house rodents and choke out other more productive plantlife. They have no intrinsic value.
We aren’t trees. We’re vines.