Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Every branch that does not bear good fruit is cut off by the vinedresser, God. To every branch that does bear good fruit, it will be continuously pruned. Our walk will always include pruning and room to grow in Him, we will always be growing. However, for those not willing to grow in Him, maybe due to pride, they will be cut off. Think of the parable where God spits out those who are lukewarm. There is no being lukewarm in His kingdom. Only hot, producing good fruit. We don’t make it about our works, we simply keep seeking Him and allow Him to continuously prune us through repentance when needed and constant surrender (no matter if you are 10 or 80). We are already clean because of the Word He has reached us, we merely need to stay in Him and focus on Him.
In Christ we can do anything, apart from Him we can do nothing. Our fruit will show if we are in Him or not. If we are in Him we will produce good fruit, that being said we shouldn’t walk around judging everyones fruit. We should be looking at our own fruit and asking God to help us assess where we are with Him and our fruit and make changes for yourself as He shows you.
As followers we are told to seek the best for one another. We should be praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ and unselfishly want what’s best for them. When is the last time you prayed for another disciple? When’s the last time you truly wanted what’s best for another christian, not out of judgement but out of pure love? If this comes natural to you, keep it up! If it isn’t as natural, ask God to help you think more of others and ask Him to help you see others the way He sees them.
Jesus chose us so that we could choose Him. Think back to the day you got born again, see how He revealed Himself to you so that you could make the choice to get saved by Him. He chose you, not because of who you are but because He loves you. God doesn’t take the highly trained and experienced ones, He takes the ones that to the world seem inadequate but to Him He sees gems; because He sees what the world can’t, your heart. Yes, He can still take experienced ones too, but the point is its not about your resume, its purely about your heart. He saw your heart, and chose you because He sees the goodness in your soul.
John Chapter 15:1-17
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