John 15, 7-9
Something to read
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.
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Something to think about
In our garden we have a vine. It is not hugely successful, partly because of where we live, and partly through lack of proper care and attention. Nevertheless it has borne some fruit.
Vines are meant to be fruitful; this is what they are designed for. The same can be said of fruit trees, vegetables, flowers – all are designed to bear fruit. So, too, disciples of Jesus are expected to bear fruit – the fruit of being like Christ in the way we live; the fruit of love.
In these words of Jesus, he makes it clear that this fruitfulness comes about through being a people of prayer; a people of the word of the Lord; a people who draw their life from the Father.
In one sense, fruitful Christian living is very simple – abide, dwell in God and the fruit will follow. Let the love of God flow through us by allowing his word to shape our thinking, our feelings, our actions. Talk with God in intimacy in prayer and this life flows in.
Something to do
Find a tree, vine, flower – anything that grows and take time to study it today.
Something to pray
Father, we want to be fruitful disciples, living lives like Jesus. Help us to abide in your love and allow your word to abide in us that this fruit may grow and bring glory to you. Amen.
Today’s contributor is the Rt Rev Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, who previously served as the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.