Thursday, October 7, 2021

John 15 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

John 15:1,2

“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 either getting cut on or cut out. Which one is up to you. We aren’t required or expected to clean ourselves up before Christ draws us to Himself. But after we are in Him, then we are called to become more like Him, thus producing fruit that is pleasing to Him and beneficial to those around us. We produce this fruit through our actions; no actions, no fruit.

 

But I believe that your heart also has to be in the right place to produce this fruit. If we are doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, then are we honoring Christ or ourselves? Here’s an example: I give you something so that everyone around me will applaud me and think I’m a great guy – no fruit. But if the Lord lays something on my heart to do for you, and I do it in secret to honor and obey Him, then that is fruit that is pleasing to the Lord and beneficial to you.

 

Sometimes, even when we are producing fruit, we need to get pruned so that we can produce more. It isn’t a punishment but actually a blessing that the Lord would take the time to refine us to help make us more productive in Him, that He would cut out the dead in us to make more room for the life He wants to put in us and produce through us! We have been grafted into the True Vine, but will we produce His fruit?

 

John 15:4-6 – “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.”

 

God bless! I love you all, but the Lord loves you eternally more! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ the True Vine, and the Holy Spirit who leads us daily!

 

 

 

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