A deeper understanding of the truth that we are branches on the Vine will set us free. What does a branch do? Nothing…It simply hangs out with the Vine. It bears the fruit sent to it by the Vine, and the branch stays healthy by remaining continually connected to Vine.
A branch may get beaten up by the storms of life, pecked by birds and drilled by bugs, but it continues to receive all of the life-giving nutrients and the constant support from the Vine. It blossoms with this vital life flowing through it.
As long as we remain in Christ, we are eternally secure. We did nothing to earn our place on the Vine, and we can do nothing to remove our self from the Vine. Our union with Him is our most prized possession.
The Vine Dresser will prune us in order to allow us to bear more fruit (John 15:11). This discipline is painful in the moment, but the wisdom that we learn brings us fulfillment for the rest of our life (Hebrews 12:11).
Even when we discover a flaw in our thoughts, words or deeds, we do not need to obsess over it. We simply repent of it, and trust God’s Spirit to perfect that area in us. God’s grace is always sufficient for us.
It is by believing in our heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, by praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19), and by declaring our faith in Him to anyone who will listen, that we find our true joy in salvation and our intimate union with God (Romans 1:17, 10:9-10).
Father God, Your grace is sufficient to see us through every trial and shortcoming in our day. You fill-in our cracks, bolster our weaknesses, perfect our deficiencies, and redeem us for eternity. We need You every moment of our day and night, and we trust in Your faithfulness to walk with us and in us all the moments of our life.
You are all we ever need to bring us peace, joy and fulfillment in this life. In our hopelessness, You give us Your power; in our discouragement, You give us Your truth; in our lack, Your provide for our needs; in our confusion, You give us direction. You are our all sufficiency (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Thought for the Day:
God did not create us, pat us on the head and send us out into the world alone; instead, He gave us the Bible for encouragement, hope and direction; He gives us His Spirit to sanctify and perfect us; and He gives us His love every moment of every day.