Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Incorporated to be One BodySt. John 15:1-12
(v. 2) He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.
As we meditate unto the theme Incorporated to be One Body, we can understand the importance of nurture and connection when meditating on this passage. God the Father is the gardener and Christ is the vine. The Father is a caring gardener who looks to make the branches fruitful. We should be recognized as branches connecting ourselves to Christ. In the world that we live in, we seldom find problems to connect. Everything is accessible to us, we have our smartphones, tablets, laptops ready to connect. With the coronavirus, we are more connectable to worship on zoom or gather town, get up and log in to work, and even shop through amazon. Knowledge is even available through a simple google or Wikipedia search. We can easily connect, but what are we connecting to? Our connections move our lifestyle choices and engages our thoughts and minds. It can make us or spoil us.
Through this passage, we can see the blessing to connect to Christ who is known as the True Vine, we are able to live fruitfully and nurtured well. It is God who completes us and not the world and its temporal pleasures. God cares for us more than we can imagine while the world around us are waiting for us to consume and just use us. God guides us through His unconditional love. Are we able to recognize who He is to us and be willing to connect to Him? In vv. 5-6, we see the importance of remaining in Christ and that means to believe in Him with all that we are that He is God, and He is our Savior. By being connected to Him, we can be recognized by the fruits that we bear, never spoilt but useful and giving as He is to us, we should be to the community in which we are placed.
Triune God, thank You for calling me Your own, help me to see You as my God and Creator all through my life, and connect to You through love. Amen.
Thought for the Day
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”- C.S. Lewis
Rev. Jess M. George
Youth Chaplain, N.E. Region