You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…
Jesus and His disciples had just celebrated Passover. As they walked towards the Garden of Gethsemane, they passed through a vineyard in the Kidron Valley.
There, among the clusters of grapes, He taught them. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. You are the branches.” His further instructions extend to us.
He chose us. He appointed us. We are to go and bear fruit. He desires that we grow and produce good things for His kingdom. No matter if we have been a believer for five minutes or 55 years, God shows no favoritism or partiality.
He wants growth. If we are breathing, there is room for more of Him. He desires for us to grow more mature, stronger, deeper, wiser, more faithful, and more fruitful.
The patient Vinedresser will come to inspect our branches and our baskets. For those of us producing fruit, He will prune us to help us grow even more. For those of us whose branches are bare, He will lift us up to cut away the loose ends in our lives and to help us produce.
Cultivate opportunities for growth. Everything that is occurring around us – and in us – works to make us that much more fruitful. Leverage it all for Him. Go, grow, and produce!
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. May you be filled with the fruits of righteousness for His glory.
Today's Bible Reading:
1 John 2:18-3:6
Psalms & Proverbs