Devotion for January 9, 2018

JOHN 15:1-8

Jesus, the True Vine
15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

THE GROWTH MINDSET OF CHRIST

Currently, in the world of education, a new catch-phrase has caught on: “Having a growth mindset.” Teachers are trying to impart to their students that challenges and change are inevitable, that working-hard trumps talent. Jesus, however, beat-them-to-the-punch by 2,000 years!

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why does the Father prune and trim the branches on the vine?

Q: How do you react when you undergo the pruning of God? Do you see it solely as stress, or as an opportunity for Christ to grow you?

Q: According to Jesus, why is abiding in Him and bearing much fruit necessary? How does it affect the growth of the Gospel?

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