TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
BEARING FRUITJohn 15:16
Jesus told His disciples that they were branches – remember the reading way back on May 8th? Jesus was saying that we are the branches and He is the vine. If a branch isn’t attached to anything it can’t produce any fruit (in fact, Jesus goes as far as to say, ‘apart from me you can do nothing’ in verse 5). Wondering about what fruit your life will bear? It’s only through your relationship with Jesus that you can find out who you really are, whether you’re a Galatians 5:19-21 or 5:22-24 kind of guy or gal, and the extent of how you can use your God-given gifts. Your strength and success is in Jesus.
That’s not the end of it though. We all know that not all of the “fruit” we produce would get the Man from Del Monte’s all important “yes”. Some branches need to be cut down - pruned. God even can take away things in your life that you’ve had security or self-esteem in. This can feel like God’s hacking away at you rather than looking after you. But God is preparing and shaping you for greater things to come.
Re-read John 15:1-17, and compare your own relationship with God to the one Jesus is talking about. (Also, ever wondered where it says that “Jesus loves you” in the Bible? Spot the verse here!)