By no stretch of the imagination are we Biblical scholars, we are just two girls who love Jesus and have a hunger and a thirst for His Word. Scripture Sunday will be a weekly feature in which we share the ways in which Jesus is speaking to our hearts through His Word.
John 15:1-17 – The Vine and the Branches (NIV)
“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. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
Remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain, remain
If you lost count that’s 11 times within 17 verses that Jesus says to remain
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you”
“Remain in the vine …”
“Remain in me ….”
“If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit ….”
“Remain in me and my words remain in you ….”
“Remain in my love ….”
“Remain in my love ….”
“Remain in His love …..”
Have you ever heard Jesus speaking directly to your heart through Scripture? He does, you know. You just have to be ready to listen.
Admission – for a while now (a few weeks at least) I have known that I have not been spending enough time in God’s Word. I can read all the Christian books that I want, listen to worship music, watch sermons online, and pray, but none of these things can take the place of being in God’s Word.
One of my favorite quotes is from Mark Batterson:
“Prayer was never meant to be a monologue; it was meant to be a dialogue.
God’s part: Scripture
My part: Prayer”
By not spending time in God’s Word I am missing His part of the dialogue.
He wants to speak to me, He is ready to speak to me, He has prepared all that I will need in advance; I just have to show up to the conversation.
I go back to John 15. I read it again and again and again …..
Jesus says over and over to “Remain, remain, remain ….”
But how exactly? How do I “remain” in Jesus?
Remain, remain, remain …..????
Wait a minute!
Under the heading “The Word Became Flesh” in my Bible …..
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus is The Word,
therefore in order to remain in Jesus (the word),
I must remain in The Word (Jesus) of Scripture.