Friday, August 13, 2010

Daily devotional: Remain in Jesus and Jesus in me

Scripture
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5 NIV

Observation
Jesus calls me as His follower to bear fruit in obedience to Him. But I don't have to do it on my own, nor can I do it on my own. The key is to remain in Jesus and Jesus in me, just as Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus. When I remain in Jesus and invite Him to remain in me, I will bear much fruit, my joy will be complete, and the Father will grant my requests!

Application
Don't try to do everything on my own. Focus on my walk with Jesus and my obedience to Him, and trust Him to work in me and through me.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for your plan of salvation. Thank you for the tremendous gift of community and love that You have freely given. Thank you for allowing me to be grafted into You as family, for living in me and allowing me to live in You. Please bear much fruit through me. Please help me to be obedient and sensitive to Your calling. May Your name be glorified! I love you!

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