Andrew Murray's True Vine is a thirty-one day devotional focusing on Christ's Parable of the Vine and the Branches in John 15:1-16. The devotional for each day elaborates and expounds upon John 15, providing spiritual insight along the way. Murray repeats important themes, like abiding in Christ, throughout the different days. Noticing how they develop and grow with each successive read, countless small groups and individuals have found Murray's keen spiritual teachings fruitful. An excellent devotional, True Vine is recommended for daily spiritual nourishment. I pray this series ministers to your heart and draws you closer to the Savior.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches.”—John 15.5
I have felt drawn to try to write what young Christians might easily apprehend, as a help to them to take up that position in which the Christian life must be a success. It is as if there is not one of the principal temptations and failures of the Christian life that is not met here. The nearness, the all-sufficiency, the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus, the naturalness, the fruitfulness of a life of faith, are so revealed, that it is as if one could with confidence say, Let the parable enter into the heart, and all will be right. May the blessed Lord give the blessing. May He teach us to study the mystery of the Vine in the spirit of worship, waiting for God’s own teaching.
Only a Branch
Tis only a little Branch, A thing so fragile and weak, But that little Branch hath a message true To give, could it only speak.
I’m only a little Branch, I live by a life not mine, For the sap that flows through my tendrils small Is the life-blood of the Vine.
No power indeed have I The fruit of myself to bear, But since I’m part of the living Vine, Its fruitfulness I share.
Dost thou ask how I abide? How this life I can maintain?-- I am bound to the Vine by life’s strong band, And I only need remain.
Where first my life was given, In the spot where I am set, Upborne and upheld as the days go by, By the stem which bears me yet.
I fear not the days to come, I dwell not upon the past, As moment by moment I draw a life, Which for evermore shall last.
I bask in the sun’s bright beams, Which with sweetness fills my fruit, Yet I own not the clusters hanging there, For they all come from the root.
A life which is not my own, But another’s life in me: This, this is the message the Branch would speak, A message to thee and me.
Oh, struggle not to “abide,” Nor labor to “bring forth fruit,” But let Jesus unite thee to Himself, As the Vine Branch to the root.
So simple, so deep, so strong That union with Him shall be: His life shall forever replace thine own, And His love shall flow through thee.
For His Spirit’s fruit is love, And love shall thy life become, And for evermore on His heart of love Thy spirit shall have her home.