Friday, October 19, 2012

Bearing Fruit in Our Writing: John 15

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God has put us in the world to bear fruit (John 15:16). We're only branches, connected to the Vine. This means that our entire life should produce fruit of God: through our actions, our obedience towards Him, our mouth, as well as the gifts God has given us.

John 15 has always been one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Just recently I've realized how well it can be applied not only to our day-to-day life, but to the gift of writing as well. 

 "Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me."
~John 15:4

The best cure for writer's block is simply to spend time with the Creator. He is, however, the Giver of our gift. 

 "I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire."
~John 15:5-7

We can't ultimately bear fruit in our writing if we aren't connected to the Source. We're called to stay joined with God, especially if we want Him to be reflected in our writing. This verse says that when we are joined with God, our relation with Him is intimate and organic, and the harvest will be abundant. If we stay connected to the Source, He will ultimately flow through our writing.

Sometimes writing can start to become more of a dreadful task. This is why we often come across writer's block. However, when this happens, connect yourself back to the Source. Bear fruit through your writing. As you do, as this passage says, the result is sure to be abundant.


  1. Good point! I've never thought about this in terms of writer's block, but I have a feeling it'll always come to mind now. Thanks for that.

  2. Awesome thoughts! I love that passage in John too =D

  3. So true. I loved this: "The best cure for writer's block is simply to spend time with the Creator. He is, however, the Giver of our gift."


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