“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 NLT
I can only imagine how Jesus disciples must have felt when he started talking to them about remaining in him. Here was their friend, their companion, their Rabbi, the one they knew as the Son of God.
They also had hopes that he would be the one that would establish the earthly Jerusalem kingdom. Of course they would remain with him! They weren’t going to go anywhere and miss the props that came with being friends with the new king of Jerusalem.
I bet those feelings changed to disappointment when he died. I hope they finally realized the truth of what he way saying after his resurrection.
Jesus wants his believers to remain connected to him.
For the apostles that meant remembering and obeying his teachings. It has the same meaning for us today. If we are to reap the fruit of the Spirit we need to remain with the Master Gardener. As a pastor once said, “Though the ship is rocking, stay in the ship.”
Too often we want to move on to new congregations when things don’t go our way. Sometimes we have to stay and fight. Maybe the job that needs to be done is ours to do.
Whatever challenge we face as believers, we need to remain in the body of Christ – only bad things happen when we go outside the love of God.
I choose to remain in the boat – how about you?
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