“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4, 5
This blog post should have been written yesterday, I apologize for the delay.
Let’s continue thinking about the idea of being grafted into Christ. In the last blog post we saw pictures of the process involved with grafting a branch into host trunk. There was cutting, taping, and binding involved in order to give the branch every possible opportunity to cleave to its new host.
Even so, there is the possibility that the host plant, known as the rootstock (look, I did some homework!), can reject the scion (the branch or bud being grafted). Rejection occurs when the two plants are not closely related enough, so the scion is unable to meld with the host and dies or needs to be removed. This allows the rootstock to freely grow in it’s place.
How does this relate to our spiritual walk? We, as grafted branches into the true vine of Christ, must allow ourselves to cleave to Him and become one with Him that we might be able to produce fruit. What about the part regarding rejection?
Careful study of the word of God helps the reader clearly understand that rejection and separation comes from us, not from our Creator. In this, the above example is not a perfect representation. However, it is clear that one who refuses to become like Christ, to relate to Him and allow oneself to abide in Him, chooses instead to live apart from Christ. If the branch is not closely related enough to the vine, it will die.
Now, we are all sinful beings. We were all born into a world of sin and it is only by the grace of God that we can have sin removed from us, molding us ever more into the perfect image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If we choose to abide in Christ and allow our characters to be chiseled and shaped into His perfect character, than we will be branches related closely enough to the vine that we will be accepted and improved upon. Our inner being seeks to become more like Christ as we continue to stay connected to and behold Him throughout each moment of our lives. And together with Christ, we will be able to produce wonders and fruit for the glory of God.
Father, make me an acceptable branch today that I might be grafted into and accepted by the True Vine in order to produce the fruits that will bring You glory, honor, and praise.
“All who receive Christ by faith become one with Him. The branches are not tied to the vine; they are not joined to it by any mechanical process of artificial fastening. They are united to the vine, so as to become part of it. They are nourished by the roots of the vine. So those who receive Christ by faith become one with Him in principle and action. They are united to Him, and the life they live is the life of the Son of God. They derive their life from Him who is life.”
EGW, In Heavenly Places, 56.
Praise God for who He is.
Praise God that all you have to do is abide in Christ in order to have victory over sin.
Praise God for the ways He is teaching you to abide in Him.
Ask God to show you if you’re holding back from surrendering anything from Him. Confess this privately to Him. Claim His victory over those sins.
Ask God to forgive you for times when you tried to do things in your own strength.
Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Pray that God will help you to better understand your need to abide in Him and give you the desire to do so. Pray also that family and friends will abide in Him. And pray that God will teach you how to abide in Him (John 15:4).
Pray that church leaders will be filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ.
Pray for greater support and interest by all church members and leaders in Christian education.
Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process.
Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.
Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church and our daily lives.
Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thank God for the different ways Jesus set us an example of how to abide in God.
Thank God in advance for how He is going to work and answer your prayers.
Thank God that He will teach you how to abide in Him.
Thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to work on all the prayer requests you have prayed.
May you be blessed!