THE IMPACT OF THE KUDZU VINE

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:1 NKJV

You’ve probably seen these vines alongside highways that cover every inch of a large landscape and anything in its path. It’s called the kudzu vine . . . introduced to the United States as an ornamental bush to produce shade in 1876. In the 1930s and ’40s, it was rebranded as a way for southern farmers to stop soil erosion. They were given about eight dollars an hour to sow topsoil with this climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vine native eastern and Southeast Asia. They climb over trees or shrubs and grow rapidly. Their effectiveness is without question as they overtake everything in their reach.

The influence of every Christian should be as strong as the kudzu vine to cover every space in reach and every obstacle in its way. Nothing should be able to thwart the effort of people who are in relationship with God to influence culture as well as behaviors of those that come in contact with them. Are you as formidable and far-reaching as the kudzu where you live? Does your influence have moral authority to impact upon everything in sight around and about you? Is your effectiveness such that it overtakes people, institutions, movements, or the general condition of things that you come into contact with daily?

People often say, ‘I cover the ground I stand on.’ Well, in this context, we should cover the ground that we stand on with the same kind of strength, tenacity, and reach of the kudzu vine. It is easily planted but never easily controlled. And one has to work hard and intently to stop its movement.

Cover your ground, be planted by the rivers of water to bring forth your fruit in your season, with evergreen leaves that never wither, and prosper in every effort. That’s the nature of the kudzu. That’s the nature of a Christian on a mission for the Lord.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV

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