Tuesday, June 27 | How to Be Fruitful
Read John 15:1–8
“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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“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. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Yesterday we read about the fruit of the Spirit, but how do we actually cultivate that fruit? How do we grow in patience or self-control? How do we love more fully or have more joy? Do we just try really hard—wake up each morning and declare “I will be joyful today!”? We’ve all tried this in one way or another and we all know it doesn’t work, or at least it doesn’t last. So, how do we grow fruit? The words of Jesus in today’s passage tell us: we stay connected to Him. It’s the only way. In fact, for most of us, if we looked back at the times we lashed out in anger, or gave in to temptation, or acted in our own best interest instead of serving someone else over the last week, we likely could identify a feeling of disconnection from Christ during those times. When our intimacy with Christ increases, our fruitfulness increases.
- What stands out to you as you read the words of Jesus in today’s passage? What invitation do you sense Jesus is extending to you through this passage?
- How is your connection with Jesus during this particular season of your life? What circumstances, relationships, or practices are getting in the way? What practices or relationships help you stay connected?
God, thank You for the invitation to remain connected to You in and through Jesus. I long for that constant connection, in which I am aware of Your presence, Your love, and Your power. Show me the ways I block my connection with You or try to do things in my own strength. Guide me into relationships that will foster and encourage my ability to remain in You. Amen.
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