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Christianity in Bloom
by Derek Dill
09/24/08
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John 15:1-8

Jesus is the true vine and God is the vinedresser. Every branch (believer) that does not bear fruit, God lifts up and takes away. Every branch (believer) that bears fruit, God prunes so that it may bear more fruit. Every plant which God has not planted will be uprooted. Whoever chooese to follow and believe in Jesus, to him more will be given and he will have abundance. Whoever chooses not to follow Jesus, even what he has will be taken away.

God sets those who believe in Jesus, apart from those who do not. Believers follow God's truths while nonbelievers choose to follow their own paths through life. We as believers, are the clean, living among the unclean.

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Those who live in Jesus, and Jesus in them, bears much fruit. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. Do not worship what the world worships. True joy, peace, happiness, and success (fruits), are found in Jesus. We are not able because of anything we do or anything we think or say. Our abilities come from, and we are sufficient because of, God.

If a person does not live in Jesus, he is cast out, like a withered branch. He is gathered, thrown into the fire and burned, just as would be done to a tree that does not bear good fruit.

If you live in Jesus, and His words live in you, you can ask what you desire and it shall be done for you. When people believe in Jesus and all he taught and stands for, and the Word of God is in us, we can overcome wickedness. Everything that Jesus does, and therefore everything Christians should do, is to glorify God. God should always get the glory, and in return we get the blessing. We are to ask the Father for what we want, in Jesus' name, and it will be given to us.

When we bear fruit, we glorify God. As Christians, we should be students of God's Word and be students of Jesus. If all those who profess to follow Jesus in the world would live out what the Bible teaches, the world would be better place. Jesus said in Matt. 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." People watch Christians to see how they carry themselves and handle the situations of life. We are to let the light of our good example shine for those who are lost in a world of sin, confusion, self gratification, and darkness. There will be times when those who do not know Jesus are ready to give their lives to Him. We should be willing to light the path for them. It is our job to show them the way. It is Jesus' job to save them. Be a fruitful person and live a fruitful life. When we follow Jesus, we are His s.

Cross References:

Matt. 15:13, 13:12, 3:10, 5:16
John 13:10, 17:17, 14:13, 16:23, 8:31
Hos. 14:8
2 Cor. 3:5
1 John 2:14

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