Daily Archives: April 2, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). 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!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of love and servanthood…
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.
Obedience and Abiding | Shiree King
John 15:4a, 14
This passage demonstrates the connection between obedience and abiding. From the Enduring Word Commentary, the vine analogy “emphasizes the complete dependence and need for constant connection. The branch depends on the vine even more than the sheep depends on the shepherd or the child depends on the father. As Jesus was about to depart from His disciples, this was important encouragement. He would remain united to them, and they to Him as truly as branches are connected to the main vine.” Jesus emphasized a mutual relationship; He abides in us just as we abide in Him. Verse 14 shows how we abide in Him through our obedience to Him.
My “word” for 2019 is obedience, and I often feel like I’m failing at my “word”, but in the last few weeks, God has also been giving me scriptures to encourage me to not give up. If it were up to me to be obedient in my own power, I am sure to fail. The more I obey the Word, the more I am connected to the vine; however, Jesus also sees my weakness and reaches out to me in love and grace. Obedience and abiding is a two-way street.
Dear God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of love and servanthood. Please forgive my disobedience. Thank You for not giving up on me and for reaching out to me in my weakness. I desire to be connected to You, so continue to prune me to allow that connection to be possible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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