Friday, August 14, 2009

The vine

Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."
-John 15:5 (NRSV)

This last week has been quite a rush for me. Finishing up at work, tying up loose ends, getting ready for fall classes, and generally just living life has seemed to fill up my day beyond the 24 hours I have. And as the week has worn on, I have made less and less time for God. It’s funny though, I seem to not find time to blog, or read my Bible, or even pray, but I still manage to find time to do other things.

This week I have not allowed Jesus to bear fruit through me. I’ve allowed lapses of judgment in my relationships, losing the confidence of others. I’ve allowed lapses of judgment in my personal time, not focusing on important factors in life but instead wasting time on triviality. As I give in to temptation and allow myself to stray from Christ, I find myself more unhappy than ever.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
-John 15:1-11 (NRSV)

As I look back over my past week I see things in my life that have caused hurt to myself and others. Christ is the vine, and God is the vine grower. I just ask that he removes the branches of sin that allow me to be lacking in faith and in productivity for him. I ask that he repair those branches which I have caused harm to. And I seek to renew myself in a sense that I can multiply his love through my actions.

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