“I am crucified in Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
One of the images Christ used to explain the Christian experience that has stuck with me is the idea of His being the True Vine, of which we are the branches (John 15). As Christians, we have to be connected to the source of life in order to produce the fruit we were designed to produce.
I have little to no knowledge of plant husbandry, but from what I understand branches receive their nutrients from the “trunk” of the plant, gathered from the soil and water surrounding the roots. In turn, the leaves on the branches collect solar energy and transform it into food for the plant and when everything combines, they produce fruit.
(Someone, please share more scientific information in you know it)
There are branches in a plant that do not do the work they are supposed to but still take energy from the trunk. A skilled plant husbandman would be able to recognize these branches and removes them so that the overall plant becomes more productive. The husbandman also knows when a branch should be grafted on to a trunk in order to help produce more fruit.
To graft something means to insert or fix something into something else. In order for the grafted object to survive, it has to connect with the life force of the host. Check out these images of how a branch is grafted on to a tree:
By being bound to the host branch, the branch can receive that life giving nutrients that the original branches were endowed with and become just as fruitful as any of them.
When we choose to accept Christ in our lives, to allow the Holy Spirit to work on our characters, we are deciding to be grafted into the vine that brings us not only life, but life abundantly.
May we choose to be grafted into that True Vine today.
Why are we so dull of comprehension? Why do we not cling to Jesus, and draw from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His character, as the vine branch draws the sap from the living vine? We are to look to Jesus, and as temptations close us about, climb up step by step in the work of overcoming. Abiding in Christ, we become one with Him. Then we are safe, entirely safe, against all the assaults of Satan. Christ living in the soul is revealed in the character. Man is nothing without Christ. But if Christ lives in us, we shall work the works of God. We shall represent Christ in our life, we shall talk of Christ because we meditate upon Him. We shall grow up into Christ to the full stature of men and women in spiritual understanding.
EGW, Signs of the Times, Oct. 10, 1892.
Praise God for who He is (His character). Praise Him that He never changes, for His mercy, for His faithfulness, etc.
Praise God that there is no better place to be than in the middle of His love, being wholly surrendered to Him.
Praise God that He is calling you to abide in Him.
Ask God to show you if there are any sins you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
Ask God to forgive you for times when you did not allow Him to live in your heart. Ask Him to live in your heart daily.
Can those around you see that Christ lives in you? Ask God to come into your life and shine through you and that other people will see Him in you.
Pray for family and friends who are not abiding in Christ. Pray that the fruit of the Spirit will be made manifest in their lives.
Pray that God will give you faith to receive the righteousness of Christ as your own.
Can you see traces of selfishness in your life? Surrender those to God and ask Him to make you unselfish.
Pray for a lowly and meek heart that Christ may abide in you.
Pray for an increased sense of urgency and a realization by church leaders and members that we are living at the end of time and that Jesus is coming soon as He indicated three times in Revelation 22.
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 that the “inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
Thank God that He is willing to come and live in your heart.
Thank God that He has sent angels out to answer the prayers you have prayed during these ten days.
May you be blessed!