Morning Breakfast With The Word: Wednesday May 13 2020
Intimate Union With Jesus Christ
The key to be effective as a Christian, powerful, and producing great fruits is not really how much of the Bible we know, or how long we pray, or only going to church. These help but the key to being used greatly by God is abiding in Christ. It is being in an intimate and close relationship with Jesus, which He compares to the relationship between a vine and its branches. Today Jesus says He is the vine and we are only the branches. The branches must be dependent on the Vine.
The Father is the Vine grower
The Vinegrower does everything to see that everything grows. God is lovingly tending us, He has already blessed us (Gen 1:27, Ephesians 1:3). He gave us His True Vine to be nourished by Him and to be close to Him. Being productive and unproductive is now in our hands and dependent on how attached we are to the Vine. The Father/vinegrower does two things First, “Every branch that does not bear fruit, He takes away”. Second, “every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit”
The only way to bear Fruit
The only way to bear Fruit is to remain close to the True Vine since we are merely branches. And the only way to remain unproductive is to cut off from the True Vine or live as the True has nothing to do with us. Jesus says cut off from me and you can do nothing. The only way to bear Fruit is to remain close to Him, the only way to be productive is to bear more fruit and allow the Father to continue His work in us. He can give us challenges, crosses, trials etc to make us better. The more He prunes us is the more we are better. And the only way to stand strong and remain is to follow His Word. He told His disciples that they are already pruned clean because of the word which He has spoken.
Jesus is the True Vine
The mere use of the word “true ” indicates that there are others that are false. We are attached to so many things in the world that today blur our reasoning and somewhat influence us negatively. The only true character that is fruit assuring is the Only True Vine Jesus Christ. Remaining close is the best way to make your light shine and the best thing that will happen to any soul. He is the only one approved by the Father.
Let us Remain
Let us remain close to Jesus despite whatever challenge we might face in the future. The word Remain in greek means meinate—from meno, which describes an important relationship. It means to be close and intimately abide in Jesus. It is the only way to be accepted by the Father, the only way to bear Fruit, the only way for our prayers to be highly effective, Remember He says “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. The ” Words” there does not mean cramming them but doing them. It is the only way to be a true disciple of Jesus. As we remain, His divine life flows in and through us, because the fruits of our Christian life are not merely dependent on our efforts but by the power and work of God through us.
It is the surest way to make your gift blossom all the way. “A beautiful question for us then is this: do I abide in Jesus or am I far from Jesus? Jesus and the world which one are we more united to ? Who are you truly attached to? The fruits we bear give us the true answer.
May God be with us today and May His grace remain abundant in our life as we go more close to Jesus. Amen