Jesus describes himself as the "true vine," in contrast to countless false vines in our world today. To flourish in this life, we must be connected to him. As followers of Jesus, we do not bare fruit so that we can abide with Jesus. We abide with Jesus so we can bare fruit in this life. Jesus is the true vine, all other approaches to life are like a false root system. To flourish, we must be connected to him, we must abide with him.