“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5-8, ESV).
Fruitfulness takes time. I have an orange tree in my backyard. It produces fruit once a year. The lemon tree standing next to it produces four times per year. Either way, we see in nature the principle of “Seedtime and harvest.” The Bible says, “While the earth remains,” this pattern will continue; “cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22, ESV).
Jesus uses this same principle when discussing His relationship with us, either as individuals, or as the church overall. If we abide in Him, or, live in Him, daily conversing with Him, knowing His will for today, receiving from Him any instructions He may have for us, that we may be the most productive for His use and purpose. He made us and it is His plan we should be following. He never asks us to try and figure it out on our own, He’s given us His Holy Spirit who will speak to us. If we’re listening, He will tell you about things to come. (See John 16:13).
Years ago, the pastor of a church I attended preached on prayer. I knew he would lead the congregation into a time of prayer in some fashion. The Holy Spirit then spoke to me about a certain woman He wanted me to pray for and He would heal. As there were several hundred people in the sanctuary, I wasn’t sure she was there or if I would find her – what’s more, I was honestly afraid; approaching someone with the news that, “Hey, by the way, God told me He’s going to heal you.”
Of course, when I looked up, the first person I saw was this woman. Not wanting to be disobedient, I got out of my seat and went forward to where she was. She was busy praying with someone else, so I waited a few minutes until she was finished. When she saw me, I told her what I felt I was to do and she immediately reached out in faith and said, “Let’s pray!”
I prayed with her and heard prayer coming out of my mouth that I didn’t know was possible. She thanked me and I went back to my seat. A few days later she caught up with me and said, “The day after you prayed with me, I had a doctor’s appointment. I had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was going blind. When I went to the doctor, he told me he found no trace of it and that I was completely healed.” When we walk in relationship with Jesus, the fruit of His life will be found in us.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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