How many times have I heard that the Father is the vine grower, Jesus is the vine and I am one of many branches? It is easy for me to gloss over this but today I am hearing some sober news for me. I have shared before that the music and time I dedicate for God’s glory in the church is a way that God uses me as a branch to bear good fruit. It is a great blessing for me to use this passion for music that I have to praise and glorify my Lord.
There are also simple gifts I have been given such as kindness. It is easy for me to smile and uplift others. I see goodness in others and am growing to have patience and acceptance of those with different opinions and life views. And because I am attached to the vine I receive his joy and his peace.
The sober part of this great gift of being a branch of the Father and Son is that recently I have been making some choices, old habits that for me are not good. I plainly hear Jesus speaking to me; “Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.” (John 15:6) It saddens me when I offend God yet a great grace given me is that I believe I can throw myself into his ocean of mercy and I hope to drown in it as I read, “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) And recently, I have been doing nothing on my own.
I am so thankful when I am awakened by the Word of God. I want to bear good fruit and pruning is necessary for me to bear good fruit. Jesus tells me that I am pruned by his Word and today I have felt some pain. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) And Lord, what I ask is that I may do your will to produce good fruit to glorify the Father in your Holy Name. Amen.