It's been a crazy few months but I'm back to blogging again, and glad to be doing so. I'd like to close out 2015 and begin 2016 by posting a series of brief meditations on John 15:1-11 I wrote about eight years ago and have more recently updated. I pray that Jesus' words in this important text will not only inform your mind but inspire you to seek him by the Word and prayer, and perhaps even by fasting.
Whatever the Lord puts on your heart to do, know that I'll be praying for whoever reads these posts and that I'll be posting one per day for the next forty days. For today, take a few minutes to read and meditate with me on the words of Jesus:
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:1-11, English Standard Version).