Sunday 29 May 2022 – Transformed week 4

John 15:5 (NIV)

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” is the word that stands out to me.  If you remain in me….

If Jesus had said “as you remain in me” or “when you remain in me” – but He said IF.  We have a choice to remain in HIM or not.

What does remaining look like?  = My thought is FRUIT

What is God’s fruit in our lives look like? 

Galatians 5 v 22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit (character): “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”

Do you have fruit in your life?   Do you have fruit in your actions, in your words?

If you read this today and realise that some of your personal character fruit has shrivelled:  PRAY.  Make 2022 a year of becoming fruitful in fruits of the Spirit. 

In this passage Jesus was speaking to His disciples – I also think of some other questions to ask ourselves:

IF we don’t get side tracked and invested too much into the things of this world?

IF we don’t get swept away by the accumulation of money and assets?

IF we don’t keep going … despite our troubles and position ourselves to overcome?

IF we don’t persevere…until death?

IF we don’t give up?

Ultimately, we are not to look like the world, we are to look like Christ.

Jesus, help me to look more like you.  Lord, help my impatience, help me to always look through the lens of love and kindness, help me to be faithful and generous.  Help me Lord to respond with gentleness and self-control.  Lord may I be filled with your joy and peace, so others can find YOU in me.  Lord, I want to live for You and Your Kingdom.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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