While you’re cleaning out closets and sweeping under the furniture, think about this: spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an enduring influence. So don’t just dust behind those bookshelves. Instead, dust off that Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleaning.
The goal of the Christian life isn’t comfort or ease, but FRUIT. When our lives bear much fruit, we GLORIFY God and show the world we are His disciples.
“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. “JOhn 15
In John 15, it paints a picture of obedience to love. Those who truly love and “abide in” Him will naturally adhere to His teachings. Those who don’t follow His teachings show, through disobedience, that His words are not abiding in them. This analogy also involves the depth to which born-again believers can access God’s power, in order to accomplish His will (John 15:7–11).
TRUST THE PROCESS.
There is a process to wine making.
There is a process to planting.
There is a process to harvesting.
There is a process to aging.
It takes time over a series of seasons.
In good ones, hard ones, uneventful ones, exciting ones, new ones & familiar ones…
Season by season, it takes a process. Trust the same for your life. Trust the process and trust the gardener.
Remember that our role in the fruit making process is not to try harder, but to simply abide. As we stay connected to him, live in him and make our home in him, he will be faithful to produce the the joyful, peace-making love of Christ that is:
*patient with the annoying, kind with the rude, good to the hurtful, gentle with the harsh, and faithfully self-controlled when tempted to be otherwise.
The world is becoming only more increasingly chaotic and messy, but our call to stay connected to the Vine remains the same. We can leave the fruitfulness in His hands.
Remember that seasons change, people change and life changes, but God never changes and hallelujah for that. Remain in Him and you will bear much fruit. While in the vineyards among the thorns, be a vine willing to be constantly pruned for the Lord.