Today’s Daily Light:
John 15:1-8 Jesus said “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes ‘so that’ it will be even more fruitful. Remain/abide in me, and I will remain/abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain/abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains/abides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is throw away and withers; such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain/abide in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
This is sooo very clear. Our primary objective in our life, is to bear much fruit for the Father. Such bearing of fruit is what demonstrates that we love and obey the teaching of Jesus. Jesus tells us sooo clearly that the only way that we can accomplish our life’s goal is to be connected to him through the word (scripture) and through communication with him. We communicate to him by talking to him (prayer), giving praise and thanks to the Father, and in giving our minds to him throughout each day so that he can give us direction and guide us into bearing fruit. If we don’t make spending time with Jesus a daily priority, we will not bear fruit, or as much fruit. The amount of fruit you bear is in direct proportion to your relationship/time with Jesus.
Dear Lord…I am sooo aware of how lousy I am at giving you the best of my days. I see my long time habit of putting me first and seeking to fill my need for joy and peace and fullfillment in the things that I have built into my personal world. I realize that these things are not bad…they are just distractions that my flesh mind tells me I want and need to have..to spend time…to make me feel full and happy and have things in order. Help me to see that most of these things are not the problem…that my problem is simply that I don’t spend enough time with you. Remind me everyday that only you can give FULL joy and Full peace. Nothing can satisfy our souls except you. I really need your help to nudge me into a new frame of mind, to instill in me that desire to spend time with you ‘so that’ I can glorify the Father. Help me to be light to someone today and to Go and show love in your name. Amen.
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