I love Rick Warren. But when he said, “Even a broken branch can bear fruit,” I had to step back and think on that a while. In John 15:1-4, Jesus is clear.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener…Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
So how can a broken branch bear fruit? Good question.
Picture a vine with me. A branch is twisted all around the vine. It’s hard to see where the branch begins and ends. What you can see are the marks, cuts and even broken places in the branch. The only thing that keeps the branch alive is the Vine.
This picture reminded me about my own life. I have many broken places. But when I stay connected to the Vine, He strengthens me so that I may bear fruit—even though my brokenness.
The same is true of Matthew. He was broken. He had mental illness, and yet, he bore much fruit.
If you’ve heard Rick talk about his son’s death, you know that many lives were forever changed. God used a broken branch to change thousands of lives. That’s good fruit.
Likewise, when I lost my spouse, the same thing occurred. Many lives were saved. Still to this day, as I share my story through brokenness, lives are being changed.
We’re all broken in one place or another. When we stay connected to the Vine, we can still bear much fruit for kingdom purposes.
As Rick puts it, even a broken branch can bear fruit.
What kind of fruit are you bearing in your brokenness?