I was reading John 15 again, and it some of the verses took on a totally different meaning. 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.” Here’s a little background on that verse. In the Greek, remain means ‘to dwell, continue, stay in a given place or expectancy’. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) I can tell you what dwell is not. Dwelling is not listening to a worship song once a week, reading your Bible and praying once a month, even keeping up with this devotional twice a month. Jesus says to stand and continue in Him no matter what. Live, meditate, converse with, focus on and be totally engrossed in Him. Then and only then can we bear much fruit.
It is evident when someone is no longer connected to Christ. The fruit (see Galatians 5:22-23) goes bad. Patience is short, self-control is non-existent, and expressions of love lacking. You can identify with John 15:4c. “…Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Don’t be that branch that used to bear fruit, but because you decided to do your own thing, you only have fruit that is moldy and old. No new fruit being produced. No previous fruit maturing. There is no growth. These are all signs that show death is evident in the near future. Stay connected to the Tree so that you can grow! If you have been disconnected, the beauty of this Tree is that the Husbanman (God) will gladly reconnect you whenever you want to be reconnected. (Psalms 51:10, Ezekial 36:26-27) You can become a fully functional fruit-bearing branch again! Next time you see a basket of fruit, make sure you, and none of your fruit, is in that basket.
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