Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
Change of cosmic proportions was standing on the cusp of history. Jesus knew that what He said in these last hours would be critical to the survival of His ragtag crew. It was crucial for them to understand their identity, destiny, and the way they could get there was by staying in intimate connection with Him.
John 15 is a part of the last conversation Jesus has with His disciples. It is one of the most challenging passages of scripture that takes us into the heart of what He wants for each of us. Jesus wants us to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. It is only from that place that we can love others as Jesus does and go on to produce lasting fruit.
We cannot produce lasting fruit without abiding in Jesus. We all produce fruit in our lives, by design or default. To produce fruit that will last into eternity takes intentionality. It comes from a delightful abiding in Jesus’ presence that transforms us from the inside out.
Navaz Dcruz is a mother of two, a worship leader, a songwriter, and an artist. She was a lecturer in Sociology before she gave that up to be a full-time homemaker and serve the church alongside her husband. She has her own Blog titled “Somequietthoughts” and has also written several devotionals for the YouVersion Bible app. Her husband, Colin, and she have been leading and serving Word of Grace Church for over 20 years. They do this alongside their business.
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