Daily Archives: September 27, 2018
John was one of the 12 apostles and referred to himself as the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” His perspective on the Good News is unique and jam-packed with love. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.
5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 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. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 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. 16 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. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
My Green Thumb | Marianne Toovey
Any limb of a plant will die if it’s removed from the stem or trunk. It can’t get what it needs on its own. But if the limb remains intact with the rest of the plant, it can receive everything it needs from that trunk – food, water, etc. It can then grow healthy and strong, and perform the task it was created to do: bear fruit. In the same way, I get everything I need from God (Matt. 6:25-27) and with Him I can make it through this life doing what I was created to do.
I have often struggled with this verse because I’ve always interpreted “bearing fruit” as yielding more believers. Well, I don’t have much opportunity for evangelism, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I lack the personality to just walk up to strangers to introduce them to a friendship with Jesus. So I can’t really be bearing much fruit, can I? Well it just so happens as I was reading this morning, I noticed an important word. Will. Jesus said if I remain in him, I will bear fruit. Not “I might” or “I could”. I will bear fruit. Does this mean I’m making disciples without even knowing? Not exactly. My Bible notes explain that we’re able to bear fruit by being obedient. So when I’m loving others and following Jesus’ example, I am the one that’s doing the growing! And just like we benefit from the fruit produced by the tree, others can benefit from the joy and peace I feel when I’m being obedient.
Lord, thank You for revealing another truth to me today. Thank You also for the reminder that I need to be in Your Word everyday. It’s not just important to You, it’s important for me and even for those around me to be getting what I need from You each day. Help me to prioritize our relationship so that I can remain in You and bear that fruit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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