Tuesday, December 22

Remain in Me

Scripture: John 15-18

John 15:5  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.

Observation

This is one of my favorite chapters!  I love the image of the vine and branches.  Jesus is the vine and we are branches.  We derive our life and vitality from Him.  Just as a grape branch must remain attached to the vine to produce fruit, so we must remain attached to Jesus.  If we do, we’ll produce much fruit.  If we don’t, we can do nothing that lasts.

Our fruitfulness is dependent on our abiding or remaining in Jesus—staying attached, connected and close.

Application

I want to be fruitful.  I want to be effective; I want my life to count, to make a difference.  I want to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  (Matthew 25)  This desire can only be realized if I remain in Jesus.  My desired fruitfulness is in direct response to my relationship with Him.  Stay close and be fruitful.  Detach and die. 

So how do I stay close?  A few clues in this passage:

V. 7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you…”.  Soaking in Scripture, letting Jesus’ words abide in me is one way to stay close.  Be a man of the Word.

V. 9-10 “Remain in my love.  When you obey my commandments you remain in my love.”  Doing what Jesus says—simple obedience—is another way to remain in Him.  

V. 12, 17 “This is my command: love each other as I have loved you.”  Of all Jesus’ commands, none may be more important than this.  When I love others I obey His command and I remain in Jesus and His love. 

The Word, obedience and love—three keys to remaining in Jesus…and being fruitful.

Prayer: Lord, I want to be fruitful.  Help me to remain in Jesus.  I want to be close to You!