Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 15.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 15
Author: Nicole Reynozo
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.
I’m a problem solver by nature. I like to figure out solutions and get to work. It can be great at times, but if I don’t watch it, I can slowly cut God out of areas of my life that I feel I have under control. As a child, I often felt like a burden, and so I did everything to be an easy child to raise. This has somewhat translated into my relationship with God. To avoid “bothering” Him with things I deem menial, I tried to handle them on my own. I thought I was being a helpful daughter, but in reality, I was being prideful.
I recently started a new job after leaving my previous job of 12 years. I know some of you are fantastic at getting to know strangers in a new environment, not me. I’m sweaty and awkward on a good day. But I work with many people who don’t know the Lord, and my desire is that I can somehow be a slight reflection of who He is. Now every day on the way to work, I talk to my favorite carpool buddy, Jesus, and thank Him for being with me. And so, while I’m sure someone that has driven by me has wondered why I’m turned and talking to an empty passenger seat, I don’t care. God knows my heart is to bear fruit of the Spirit and walk in His love.
My hope is that beyond this fast we will all continue to abide in Jesus in every area of our lives. It can be easy to forget! I struggled with what to write for this devotional. I’d write something, erase it, then write something else, but it wasn’t right. Many attempts later, I smacked myself on the forehead. Here I was writing about abiding in God, and yet I didn’t ask Him what He wanted to say. I had studied the scriptures over and over, but I didn’t pause for a minute just to seek Him.
I’d like to encourage you to abide in God regularly in every area of your life. And as a believer, I challenge you to ask Jesus to help you bear fruit in your life. It doesn’t need to be a grand accomplishment. Sometimes the smallest act of patience or kindness can be the greatest expression of who God is.
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