01 March 2017

Abiding in Christ...Part 1

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  –John 15:1-8

     In this parable Jesus is the vine, God our Father is the gardener, and we are the branches.  God desires to cut off dead branches that produce no fruit and prune areas of fruitfulness to make us even more fruitful
      The key part that sticks out to me in this passage is when Jesus says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”  I look back at the past year and can see where God used me in huge ways and moved mightily in areas where I know if I had been acting on my own strength, the results would not have been the same.  Constantly I need to be asking myself, “Is Jesus in this, or is this solely on Trudy?”
     The world likes to tell us we can still get everything we want by throwing Jesus out of the equation.  Our world has tried to replace Jesus with the “instant culture."  There is instant social media, instant electronics, instant phone call/text message, instant food, instant shopping, instant housing searches, instant everything.  What this shows me is that our world is just crying out for Jesus.  Instant does not satisfy, instant does not fix.  We can get sucked into the “instant” world without even knowing it.  Our world, the people who do not know the Lord are looking and seeking for something to fill them.  So they try fad after fad, always looking to what’s next.  Participating in these fads is not bad, but be sure to do a heart check of if Jesus or these fads are the Lord of your life.

To be continued Thursday, 3/2.

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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