"I am the true vine and my father is the gardener... No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
Remember Abraham, a man filled with God's amazing promises and chosen to be the father of a great nation... except he had no children. After years of waiting, and only getting pushed further away from the promise land, he decided to try to help God out with his plan and had a child with his wife's servant. This decision only led to more pain, heartbreak and created a counterfeit compared to what God truly wanted for his children.
When we abide in Jesus, the true vine, we put his calling above our desires, his truth above our feelings and his thoughts above our imaginations. Then, we can bear the most incredible fruit that will bless the nations of the world!
How do you know if you’re abiding in Jesus? Well, look around in your life to see if the fruit of the spirit is growing on your vine: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
If you’re lacking in a certain area, then spend some time asking God about how you can abide more deeply in Him and find out what area needs to be pruned. If you need more love, ask God to help you see others through his love and truth. If you need more joy, cast your worries on the Lord and allow him to carry them for you, you need more peace, guard your spirit with the truth from the word of God. When we lack wisdom, God is faithful to provide the wisdom we ask for so that we can glorify the Father more and bear good fruit.
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.