View daily reading plan: John 15.1-27
Abide in me, and I in you ...
In John 15 the vine, branches and fruit are used as a picture of how we should live for God. We are the branches and if we are to bear fruit we must experience the activity of the husbandman. Branches have to be clean and God can use His word, read and applied on a daily basis, to effect this.
But what exactly is the fruit that God wants from us? In Isaiah 5.2 the Lord looked at a vineyard “that it should bring forth grapes”. Later in the chapter the Lord describes the fruit He desired as “righteousness”, but when He looked He found “oppression”. He wanted good grapes but found “wild grapes”, or sour grapes.
When we link this with the New Testament it is clear that Jesus refers to good fruit as Christ-likeness. Galatians 5.22 calls it “the fruit of the Spirit”. Nine qualities are brought together in one cluster, just as on a grapevine: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Here is the promise - “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit”(v5). We can trust HIm to keep His part. Our part is to abide, to stay close, to follow Him and obey Him. The fruitful life is a life of commitment to God's Word and devotion to His will.
Daily reading for: Friday 22nd Jan 2021
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