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.
Christ used the figure of the vine to illustrate the necessity of His disciples abiding in Him, and taught that they will bear fruit for Him only as they abide in Him.
What other meanings does the word abide have?…to remain, to dwell, to spend.
This makes me think about the importance for us to remain and spend time with God and the importance this has, so we can bear fruit. What fruit? Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. He promises that we will bear much fruit and I love that because, it is not me that needs to work on producing fruit but instead I need to spend time with God, so He will produce fruit on me. And this fruit will be an expression, as a result of my time with Him and will bless others in our community of believers. Others that are not yet part of it, but will be reached because of our testimony.
I thank God for his reminder on how much I need His presence in my life and especially now throughout these 21 days of prayer and reconnecting. It got easier to stay isolated but I need my brothers and sisters to live in community and definitely I need Him in my life.
Prayer: Dear God, I come to you asking to put in me the desire to abide in your presence. I ask that through the Holy Spirit, you will move me to want more of you because separated from you, I can do nothing. Help me stay connected through the body (the branches) so I may be supported in those times I feel weak. Also, so I may be there when others need me too.
In Jesus name, Amen!