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Belong & Become, Week 3, Day 21

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JOHN 15:1-5 | 15I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just 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. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

The closer we are to Jesus, the more fruitful we will be. God will “prune us,” removing the dead spots like a gardener so our energies go toward growth. Also our connections to other branches matters. Each branch connects to the central vine and together we bear fruit. What I love about VPC is the mutual effect of our work. Great pastoral care is supplemented by our best efforts in education, and inspiring musical leadership. Each element supports the growth of the others. Parents come for their kids and then catch fire. Aesthetical types are drawn to beauty and excellence and get touched by the truth.

Apart from Christ, we are all helpless. Connected to him, together, very powerful.

Have you been pruned lately?

What ministries you are not included in inspire you or impact your fruitfulness?

 

Belong & Become, Week 3, Day 20

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JOHN 15:5 | I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

You were meant to be influential. Your influence was and is meant to be exercised on God’s behalf as his emissary. This influence is not optional in life with God. In fact, in the genuine Christian life it is guaranteed. Those in whom Christ abides bear much fruit. Full stop. No “ifs, ands or buts.”

This fruit may be hard to see. Comfort and care may shape, invisibly, the soul and outlook of another person. Your life may help someone come to full faith from bare recognition, but you may be one of a series of influencers. Much of our impact may be unknown until we reach heaven and the true meaning of our lives becomes evident. But the unfruitful life in Christ is a literal impossibility.

How do you use your influence?

How fruitful is your life?

 

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