Devotional for Saturday and Sunday November 23-24

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”

Our Bible verse for today: “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” (HCSB)

Our thought for today: “You can trust Jesus to help you bear fruit.”

Jesus wants to produce fruit in and through your life. The fruit He wants to produce is His fruit – good works for the Kingdom of God. John 15:5 essentially teaches that Jesus wants to live His life through you and produce His fruit through your life. When we study the full body of New Testament teaching on the subject we discover that Jesus does this by means of His Holy Spirit living in your heart (John 14:16-17), and producing fruit through you (Galatians 5:22-23).

When we do the things that enable us to abide in and stay close to Jesus (like prayer, Bible study, worship, etc.) then His Spirit reigns in our lives and His fruit is produced. But there’s another part of that passage in John 15 that is often overlooked but which is actually a vital part of the teaching. It’s in verse 2 and it reads “… He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.”

When a branch on a grapevine gets too big it begins to extend too far from the vine. The bigger the branch the further the nourishment of the vine has to travel and the more depleted it gets. Then both the quality and the quantity of fruit diminish. So the gardener will prune the branch – actually cutting some of it away, thereby improving the overall health and fruitfulness of that branch.

Sometimes our lives get like that. Sometimes our lives get so busy and we are involved in so many activities that our fruitfulness diminishes and when that happens, God will often take action to prune some of those things out of our lives. That’s the point Jesus was making in verse two. Sometimes it’s secular activities that are the problem. We’re involved in so many things of the world that we have little time left for serving God and others. At other times we involve ourselves in so many ministry activities that we’re not doing any of them particularly well. In both cases the remedy is pruning.

We can trust Jesus to help us bear the fruit He wants to produce in our lives. Sometimes what is needed is for the person to grow closer to Jesus so some fruit can begin to appear in their life. At other times there will need to be pruning. In either case you can trust God to take the action that is most appropriate for your current situation.

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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