I believe that 2023 is going to be a year of much fruit! Why? Because apart from Jesus I can do nothing. Yet when we abide in the vine, we bear much fruit. Fruit is the result of abiding. Our purpose is fruit. Nothing more. Nothing less.
In John 15:16, Jesus told His disciples – “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” Real fruit always lasts.
No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Him. (v4)
As you and I live our life with God – not just spend time with God each morning – we will experience a flourishing, fruitful life. Abiding is more than your daily devotional time. It is living your life in Christ and through Christ. It is Christ in you continuously. Indwelling you.
And here is something amazing – God wants to abide with you even more than you want to abide with Him.
Bruce Wilkinson notes, “Abiding is all about the most important friendship of your life. Abiding doesn’t measure how much you know about your faith or your Bible. In abiding, you seek, long for, thirst for, wait for; see, know, love, hear; and respond to… a person. More abiding means more of God in your life, more of Him in your activities, thoughts, and desires.”
As we start 2023 – let’s abide!
Stay connected to the Vine. Give every day to Jesus. Start each day alone with Him. Allow His Spirit to fill you and overflow through you.
Vinia Executive Director
This blog post is from the January 3, 2023 Vinia Newsletter.
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