Mar. 13, 2021

Bearing fruit

Bearing fruit

John 15:5

“I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless." TPT

I am the vine itself, you are the branches. It is the man who shares my life and whose life I share who proves fruitful. For the plain fact is that apart from me you can do nothing at all. The man who does not share my life is like a branch that is broken off and withers away. Phillips

The verse above clearly shows that we need to be in constant communion with Christ through the Holy Spirit in order to have fruitful lives. I'm writing this during the Covid19 pandemic when churches are closed across the country. "If your faith depends on a pastor's preaching, then your faith is weak indeed " A.W. Tozer.  Many people do not actually have a thriving relationship with God through Christ, however were addicted to church. These people are currently undergoing a testing in the spirit where their reliance on Christ is tried. The Bible says that there is one mediator between God and man, Jesus.  The church, priest, pastor, and other things or people cannot reconcile man to God. Although we need to fellowship with each other, as iron sharpens iron, and we need to encourage each other and build each other up, our complete reliance should be on Christ Jesus our Lord. As Jesus points out in John 15, a branch separated from the vine cannot possibly bear any fruit. As dedicated as someone may have been to their church assembly, had they not had a personal relationship with Christ as well, their dedication would have been misplaced. The Bible says that when Christ who is our life appears, then we also will appear with Him in glory. In closing, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He shall establish your path. Amen. (picture was hand painted by my cousin Mathangika)