Daily Scripture Reading: John 15:5 KJV
John 15:5 KJV
(5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Today’s Devotional Is CHRISTIAN ABIDING
OUR SAVOUR’S eternal joy was due His unending effort to bless others and minister help. He saved others, but He couldn’t save himself. He declared: “I am The True Vine,” meaning that the vine was created by Him to reflect a particular phase or characteristic of Himself. It is His eternal principles, reflected in the waters and materialism. It is therefore a very precious teaching tool.
The vine as we know is under immense pressure because of its energy. It seems like the spring-tide is a time when the love of God presses for expression in the vine that bears fruit, the oil that gives life to the face, and the grape that cheers. The vine is not able to bear fruit by itself. It is simply the channel through which God’s energy flows in its efforts to bless the heart and live of man. Jesus Christ is the channel by which God’s life and love reach us. In loving ministry we can pass them on to others, creating and storing up infinite joy.
Let us all learn to be a part of Christ, with our hearts open to Him and to each other. Let us then trust Christ to pour His grace and love into our hearts so that we can perform acts of tenderness and helplessness of which otherwise would not have been possible. We must resolve to do something for others every day, so that the burden is lessened and the journey easier. We will always receive a response from Christ if we are willing to allow Him to do these things through our lives. His Spirit will guide us in the right direction. It could be a smile, touch of the hand, or even a word. This will make life joyful and will continue in the next life when we will awaken and feel satisfied. We will find the greatest miracle of all as we mix with happy spirits from great tribulation, such as martyrs, prophets and apostles. “Lord! When did we see Thee hungry and fed Thee?” or thirsty, and gave Thee water? And He will answer, “Inasmuch ye did this unto one the least of these.., you did it unto me.”
PRAYER for Today
O Lord, may I never forget that the best and most joyful life is lived in close communion with others’ needs, sorrows and trials. Bring me closer to Thyself. He did not please himself, but his blessed life was always given for others. AMEN.