Monday, August 15, 2011

part of something much larger

In John 15 Jesus is referred to as the vine. Apart from him we the branches wither up and are lost. I started to think about this today when I sketched this simple drawing. Jesus is much bigger than my church, my town, my state, my country, my continent, and even the world. If I want to be part of his vine I must also realize that it is all of his followers that make up the body. Jesus reaches every corner of the earth. He does not see boarders, color, sex, or race. He is accepting of all and refines us individually. It is my prayer today that I would not cause another branch to stumble and that I would accept God's pruning with the understanding that he is shaping me to be the man he created me to be.

John 15:1-6
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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.
“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.
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  1. Amen. Galatians 3:28 is great on this point--"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

  2. Teague, thank you for the verse. Really like how it lines up...


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