Previously we talked about pruning. Pruning is never a fun thing to go through, it can be painful at times. It reminded me of when I was ten, and I did not want to comb my long, red hair every day. My mother decided she would fix that problem. She had it cut very short and gave it a tight perm. My long, beautiful, red hair – GONE! She pruned it all right. Don’t ask me how that memory has anything to do with fruit. Considering the author, you might make a connection. And no, I did not think it was cute. This is my memory remember.
Anyway, let’s look at John 15 again. Yes, we are still in John 15. 😀
John 15:5-6 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If 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 such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
Yikes! Talk about painful. I could become tinder?? What does this mean exactly?
How do I remain in Christ?
There are five basic ways to remain in Christ.
1. Believe that He is God’s son. Read 1 John 4:15
2. Receive Him as Savior and Lord. Read John 1:12
3. Do what God says. Read 1 John 3:24
4. Continue to believe the gospel. Read 1 John 2:24
5. Relate in love to the community of believers, Christ’s body. Read John 15:12
Lord, I am so thankful that my branches are tied to the Vine. They are tied to you and drawing life from you Lord every day. Lord, may I continue to stay tied to you, help me to bear fruit. If anyone reading this today feels like they may be a branch that has been cut off from the vine, tossed aside, I pray they would find their way back to you and start over with a new branch, one connected to you to bear fruit, fruit that will last. Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for me and my friends. In His name I pray, Amen. And all Gods people said? __________
Standing on the promises of God,