John 15 : 1 - 17
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5 “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. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.17 This is my command: Love each other.”
Remaining in Jesus is something that we seek to do but we may not know how to actually walk that out in our lives. From this passage of scripture we actually see that Jesus tell us to remain in him by making three points of attachments in our lives. The first point of attachment he asks us to make to remain in him, is to attach out lives to Him. Attaching our lives to Jesus is the first step to "remaining in Jesus". It's so easy to find our identity in the words that other's say about us, the words that we say about ourselves, or the mistakes that we've made in our lives. But our true identity can only be found in the words that God says about us. The second point of attachment is, attaching our lives to The Church. Attaching our lives to the church means attaching our lives to people. Jesus says to love one another the way that He has loved us so to remain in Him we need to remain in relationship with his people. The last point of attachment is, attaching our purpose to people. If Jesus is the vine, if we are the branches, then the fruit that He is asking us to produce is people. We remain in Jesus so that we can reach people. We have been called to be fruit bearers, people who are passionate about reaching people with the love of Jesus. We remain in Jesus to reach people.
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