The Mission: Week 2 - Day 3

OPENING PRAYER:

Lord of this day, it is good to be in your presence. Your love and faithfulness are a blessing. Help me share the overflow of your goodness with those around me. May this day bring honor and glory to you. Amen.

 

READ: John 15:5 (NLT)

 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

REFLECT:

 Jesus is hours away from his betrayal, trial and crucifixion.  Aware of how terrifying and confusing the days ahead will be, Jesus spends his last few moments preparing his disciples for what they are about to experience.  He uses a common image, one that even amateur gardeners like me understand.  When you cut off a branch from a vine, even one fully alive and covered with fruit that is the end of productivity for the branch.

 Jesus used this illustration to exhort his disciples to stay the course, to not walk away from their faith in him. He wants them to remain confident he is the Son of God. He is telling them that while they will not see him for a while, he is not abandoning them.

 

APPLY:

 We live in a world that is frequently confusing and fraught with fear.  This illustration about the vine and branch speaks to believers today just as it did then.  Staying connected to Jesus, our vine, is critical to our spiritual health and vitality. Making time for reading the Bible, worship and prayer is not jumping through some hoop to prove the depth of our commitment to Christ. It is life-blood to our faith regardless of the circumstances we face.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

 Lord, thank you for instructing me on how to stay strong and productive in my faith.  Your words bring comfort to me. They encourage me as I respond to your command to obey and follow you. Open my eyes, my ears and my heart to all that you would reveal to me. Help me live this day as you would have me live. Amen.

Terry Schneider