Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pruning & Pondering...

1“I am the true Vine. My Father is the One Who cares for the Vine.
2 He takes away any branch in Me that does not give fruit.
Any branch that gives fruit, He cuts it back so it will give more fruit.

4 Get your life from Me and I will live in you.
No branch can give fruit by itself. It has to get life from the vine.
You are able to give fruit only when you have life from Me.
5 I am the Vine and you are the branches.
Get your life from Me.
Then I will live in you and you will give much fruit.
You can do nothing without Me.

6 “If anyone does not get his life from Me,
he is cut off like a branch and dries up.
Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire and they are burned.
7 If you get your life from Me and My Words live in you,
ask whatever you want. It will be done for you.

8 “When you give much fruit,My Father is honored.
This shows you are My followers.
9 I have loved you just as My Father has loved Me.
Stay in My love.

10 If you obey My teaching,
you will live in My love.

11 I have told you these things so My joy may be in you
and your joy may be full.

~John 15:1-11 (NLV)~

While pruning the raspberry bushes last week, these verses from
John kept running through my head. They've settled in my
heart these past few days and have me thinking about my daily life.
Am I truly and fully relying on Christ?
What things have taken root in my heart that are not bearing fruit?
Am I missing out on joy because I'm not resting in His love?

These words of Christ offer so much love.
They have me praying for the wisdom to grab hold
of them with all that I am.

Praying, dear friends, that you too will rest in these
words and that, together, we will find our life in HIM.

May you be blessed today.

1 comment:

  1. I love the pruning "picture"! God once did an extensive pruning in my life, and once I understood what he was doing, even though it was painful it was absolutely wonderful to be a part of it and I truly treasure that season. Thanks!!