John 15 (vs 1-8) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also 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. “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. If you do not remain in me, you are 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 done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
How we live is the evidence of our roots. If our actions and words show that we are more like the world than we are like Christ, we are rooted in the world and only produce the fruit of the world. If we are living more like Christ, we are rooted in Christ. If we are rooted in Christ we should be producing fruit of him- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control. We should love others like Christ loves us- unconditionally. We must produce joy for others, not bring them down. We should create peace in our relationships, not stir up strife. We should be patient and wait on the Lord, not get fed up and try to control things. We should be kind to others and do things for generously. We should be good to people and not do things to harm them. We should not stumble in the worlds offerings but control ourselves not to get wrapped up in anything of the world. We must practice these daily. We haven’t accomplished them all! God’s not finished with us yet. There may be areas of opportunity for God to do glorious things in our lives but we have to allow him to prune off the bad fruit and submit to his authority to make way for the roots that we are grounded in to change the way we live, act, and speak to produce his fruit more and more each day.
Today, Lord I know that your working on me to produce more fruit. I see the areas that I still need pruning in. I need to be more patient and wait for you to move in my life. I know I can’t control everything and I know that when I get impatient and try to do things myself- I end up creating a big mess. I pray that I be more patient in waiting on you to lead me. I pray that I be kinder to those that I find it hard to be kind to. Lord God, forgive me for not being able to open myself up to them and let go of the past or make time for them now, help me be the man you want me to be and be the kind person you command me to be. I pray that all fruit I bear bring you glory and direct others to you. Amen.
– Bible Verse: John 15:1-2
““I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”