I AM THE VINE
Take a look around. It’s beautiful isn’t it! The mountains are towering over you, the trees are dancing, the air just smells different, and it’s not 95 degrees with ridiculous humidity. Breathe in, literally take a good deep breath. You’re at camp, maybe not knowing what to expect, but one thing you do know is that you’re away. Away from your job, away from some of your family, maybe away from a difficult situation, but even more away from what’s so normal to you. What are you expectations this week? To hear from God? Maybe get a few phone numbers? Maybe no expectation because you don’t even believe in God at all. Maybe you’re desperately wanting Him to put a passion back inside of you. Too often we live this life with Jesus and we think He wants us to do great things for Him, but honestly, after you read today, what I think he truly wants from you is to enjoy His presence! Take another look around you, all of this greatness is pointing to a Creator, and that Creator wants your heart desperately! God does want great things for your life, but apart from His presence and being in His Word, we can’t produce anything good. So over these next few days just take it all in, have an open mind and heart, and sit with Him. Because He wants nothing more than to speak to you, to begin producing new things in your life!
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:1-13 NLT
- What do you expect this week? Write it out and keep it with you until the end of camp.
- What is most frustrating about your life right now? Maybe it is something big, but have you been allowing God’s word to bring peace to your soul?
- What’s the most used word in this passage and why do you think Jesus keeps repeating it? (Remain, Abide) Circle it every time you see it.
- What is Jesus trying to fill you with when you remain in Him? (Vs. 11)