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Saturday, March 7, 2020

“If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 15:6 NIV)

A branch abides in the vine, knowing that it needs the vine, not only to yield fruit, but for life itself!  It lives in the reality that it has no life except as it stays connected to the vine.  Disconnected from the vine, it will wither away and die.  In the same way, Christianity is a walk with Jesus, a trust, an abiding in him—in the knowledge that it is Christ who lives in us—so we can receive from him what we need moment by moment.  Do you need purity?  Don’t try to manufacture it on your own; you don’t have it.  But Jesus does.  Draw the sap from the vine and you will have the purity you need.  Are you troubled today?  Nervous and worried about the future?  Don’t try to talk yourself into having peace.  Don’t do yoga or repeat a mantra to get peace.  Just abide in Jesus and draw from him his peace according to the word he spoke: “My peace I give unto you…[emphasis added]" (John 14:27).

So I have nothing of myself.  Jesus is the vine; he’s my lifeline.  I have to cling and yield to him and draw what I need from him.  This takes away any self-aggrandizement or credit you or I might want to take for those invisible qualities that only God can produce in us of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  At the same time, it produces in us a sense of well-being to know that our very lives, as branches, are being nourished and cared for and protected as we stay connected to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  May we have a consciousness of this wonderful reality as we come before his throne of grace every single day.

Read John 15:1-8.

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