Remaining in His love

15 07 2011

“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.” (John 15: 1-8)

So my beautiful and amazing roommate Emily inspires me a lot. A lot, a lot. She helped me out majorly a few months ago by writing a devotion for our Project Nexus intern team (I am one of their coordinators) at Amor. This week, I finally got around to reading the devotion and was blown away as usual by how God is working through her and the wisdom that He has given her.

When you begin to work in ministry, one of the first things people tell you is to make sure that you do not lose sight of God while you are doing God’s work. At first, this seems like common sense, but as work piles on and the busy times set in, it becomes more of a reality than you ever hoped. And that’s why this verse hit me so hard today. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

Like a ton of bricks, here is exactly what I needed God to hit me with. Jesus said that we can do nothing outside of Him, and yet I try to. I work harder, type faster, stay late, write more, smile less, and still don’t find God. And then I sit still, pray silently and am immediately swept up into God’s arms. Because it is when I am still, when I let him use me instead of trying to simply drag him into my own whirlwind, that I find true peace, true boldness, true grace, true love.

He is the vine, and I am the branches. Without him I am a dead stick. It’s that simple. But with Jesus, I am complex, colorful,  fruitful, alive. So today I am living. Living with God and for God. I am letting go and letting God grow me into the woman He wants me to be.

In His love,




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