Meditation: John 15:5-8
5”I am the true vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6”If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7”If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8”By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
In verse 5 of John 15, we see that Jesus is life. Just as a branch cannot survive without a vine, we as Christians cannot survive without Christ. He is our life, our help, and our sustainer. When I read the scriptures, I am always amazed at the illustrations that Jesus made when he would share with others. Unlike the Pharisees and other teachers of the time, Christ would always present deep, potentially hard to understand subjects in a way that would come alive to the average person. The example of Jesus’ teaching is a challenge for me in the way that I present the word of God to other people.
It is impossible to live the Christian life apart from Christ. This is something that seems so obvious; it is almost humorous to say. However, so many people today (and throughout history) do not understand this fact. From reading verse 6, two words are brought to my mind: apostasy and hypocrisy. When a Christian renounces or abandons Jesus, he is no longer able to be effective in his ministry. A topic that some modern day churches aren’t addressing are consequences for our wrongdoings. Many times, all we think of is love and grace. Although Christ freely offers forgiveness when we make mistakes and repent, we must never take our gift for granted.
In verse 7, we see that God will reward His people for being faithful to Him. He says in 2 Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”
Throughout my walk with Christ, there has been one statement that has challenged me: glorify God. As Christians, in everything we do, we should always think of what the Lord would be pleased with. In my talk, am I glorifying God? In my actions, am I glorifying God? In my thoughts, am I glorifying God? In verse 8, we see that the Lord is glorified when we abide in Him and are open to letting Him do a work in us.