The Table Campaign, 35 Day Devotional
Nathan Johnson, Global Ministry Partner serving in Austria
We live in Vienna’s Danube river valley. This area is very well known for producing grapes for wine and juice.
Recently, I was out for a bike ride and found myself riding through a vineyard. I saw the bottom vine growing down into the soil to collect nutrients for the plant. The branches above were stretched out to the sun with big green leaves and bunches of purple grapes hanging on them.
Jesus used this same image in His teaching. He was a master teacher and used things out of everyday life to make a deep point about following Him. In John 15:4-5 He says “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;…”
If we want to see God do a real work of transformation in our lives we need to remain in Christ, just like the branches of a vine cling to and draw nourishment from the vine. Responding to situations in our lives with Christ-like love and patience flows out of our connection to Christ. We don’t see change by trying really hard to change. Our transformation doesn’t depend on our connection to the source. We must look to Christ.
Where in your life do you need Christ’s nourishment?
Where fruit are you bearing?
Thank God for all He’s doing through you.
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