“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 (NIV)
I am like a vine. You are like a branch. It is your role to be vitally connected to me. How does that sound to you? Is my illustration clear enough to you? Yes, I understand exactly what you are saying to me. What am I saying to you? I am meant to live in an intimate relationship with you. How will you live in an intimate relationship with me? I will draw near to you. I will quiet myself before you. I will listen to all that you have to say to me. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I will allow you to guide the entire course of my life. My heart and mind and life will be entirely focused on you. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in service. I will allow you to form the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. I will be fully devoted to loving and following and serving you. I will have my eyes on you as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.
What will happen to you as you remain vitally connected to me? Beyond, what I have already mentioned? Yes, beyond what you have already mentioned. You will make me to be a witness for you in the world. Your life will be lived out through my life. Your light will shine through me in the darkness of this world. You will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom. You will allow me to bring glory to your name. Yes, your life will bear an abundance of fruit as you remain vitally connected to me. Bearing fruit for me will be a sure sign to the world that you truly are one of my disciples. What else? You will make me able to pray prayers that you will hear and answer, as I remain vitally connected to you. Yes, I will. Why is that? As I remain vitally connected to you, I will know your will and walk in your ways. Prayers will be in my heart and mind, and on my lips that are according to your will, as I remain vitally connected to you. That is good. That is right. That is true. Thank you. Lord.
Lord, I know that apart from you I can do nothing of lasting and eternal value. My efforts will amount to nothing. Help me to remain vitally connected to you. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom. Help me to pray prayers that can be heard and answered. Amen
Key Question… What spiritual practices help you to remain vitally connected to the Lord?
Living It Out… Remain vitally connected to the Lord so you will be able to bear fruit for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will make you able to bear fruit as you remain vitally connected to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are remaining vitally connected to the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you remain vitally connected to the Lord, so you can bear fruit for Him.
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