Devotions for August 10, 2017

JOHN 15:1-5

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.

FRUIT OF THE VINE

Jesus once again establishes that to bear fruit in His Kingdom, we must rely on Him. This means we cannot trust in our own talent, wisdom or strength. We were designed to walk in His grace and obey. Spiritual fruit includes, but is not limited to, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, discipleship, evangelism, concern for the widow and orphan and advocating for the poor and oppressed.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: To what object does Jesus compare Himself?
Q: Have you been trying to bear spiritual fruit on your own terms and in your own strength? If so, today could be the day you recognize your dependence on Christ to work supernaturally through you.
Q: If you bore fruit as Jesus described in this passage, how would it benefit those around you? What if we as the church could be counter-culture for the common good?

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