Sunday 6 May 2012
We are the branches! :)
'“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.' John 15:5-8
This is our Kingdom Identity. We were made to be attached to Jesus, abiding in Him and allowing His words to bring life resulting in us producing satisfying love, delicious joy, refreshing peace, sweet kindness, aromatic goodness, sustaining faithfulness, nurturing gentleness and nourishing self-control that glorifies the gardener that is our Heavenly Father. Sometimes I forget and try to do things in my own strength. Then when I get worn out and wonder why it feels harder than it should be I fall at my Heavenly Father's feet with Him gently saying 'shall we do it together?' We were made to have the amazing privilege of being co-labourers with Christ (1 Cor 3:9) for it is through Him that we can do all things (Phil 4:13).