“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:1-2,4-5)
Vines reveal the true nature, intent, and fruit of their root.
While clearing some property recently, I noticed some new shoots extending from some thick vine roots I cut long ago. Those thick, mature vines had wrapped around some pine and maple trees and were literally choking them to death. Their leaves covered the treetops and soaked up most of the sun’s rays while hiding it from the trees. Deep grooves cut into the tree trunks where the encircled vines slowly were destroying the tree.