Devotions for August 16, 2017

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.

REMAINING IN THE TRUE VINE

Jesus uses the phrase “remain” or “abide in me” a lot in this passage. The word carries the sense of enduring, staying-put, being loyal, not being shaken, and continuing.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: According to verse 2, why does God prune some of the vines?
Q: Are you allowing God to “prune” you so you can grow more fruit for Him?
Q: You are one branch among a multitude in the true vine, Jesus. Why is abiding in Him and with the Church integral to your growth?

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