Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
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.” John 15:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It is crucial to maintain a healthy relationship with Jesus.”
Are you familiar with the term “life verse”? A “life verse” is a Bible verse that speaks to you personally in a deep way, and which plays an important role in helping you to live the Christian life. There are 31,102 verses in the Bible (23,145 in the Old Testament and 7,957 in the New Testament). And as Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, they are all given to us by God and they are all important and helpful.
A “life verse” is one that is particularly special and helpful to you personally. I have six life verses (John 15:5, Galatians 5:22-23, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Joshua 14:11, Hebrews 6:10, and Isaiah 46:4). Over the next few days, as we continue to consider the process of sanctification, I will refer to a few of them and tell you why they are so special to me.
In John 15:5 Jesus used a grape vine and the branches that grow off of it to help us understand the spiritual reality of Him living His life in us and through us. The grape vine lives its life and produces its fruit through the branches that grow off of it. The life of the vine flows through the branches, and the branches then produce the fruit of the vine. As long as the branch stays attached to the vine it will produce the fruit of the vine. But if the connection between the vine and the branch is broken, the fruit will no longer be produced through the branch.
Likewise, by means of the Holy Spirit living in our hearts the life of Jesus flows in and through us. The fruit of Jesus is then produced in our lives. Some of that fruit is described for us by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. He called it “the fruit of the Spirit”: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Those are attributes of Jesus and He wants them to be present in your life. He wants you to experience and enjoy those things in increasing measure, and He wants the world to experience those fruits as a result being in contact with you. His fruit produced through your life.
As you maintain a close relationship with Jesus day-by-day, the fruit of the Spirit becomes more and more a reality in your life. That is a natural result of the ongoing process of sanctification, and it is progressively making you more and more like Jesus. This is part of your salvation and it is why it is crucial to maintain a healthy relationship with Jesus. We will explore this idea a little further tomorrow.