A Fruit Filled Life — Midweek Message
by Abiding Love
[Jesus said] “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.”
In technologically advanced cultures, people take much for granted. But there are still some remote places in the world where people don’t even have access to electricity.
The story is told of a man from such a place. He travels to a modern city and is amazed by all the electric lights. What a blessing these would be to his village! So, he took what little money he had and bought a bag full of bulbs and a light switch.
Back home, he excitedly hung the bulbs around his yard and on the front of his home. Puzzled, the other villagers asked him what he was doing. “Wait until dark, and you will see,” he replied.
When evening came, he flipped the switch, but nothing happened. No one had told him that without a connection to electricity, light bulbs are useless.
Without a connection to Jesus, we can’t do the good that God created us to do. But when God connects a person to Jesus by faith, the power of his forgiving love flows through them, enabling them to do what is pleasing to God.
Do you want to live a more God-pleasing life? The key is Jesus. Connect to Jesus through his Word. He will empower you to produce those God-pleasing fruits.
Heavenly Father, keep me connected to Jesus through your Word so that I live a life that pleases you.
Peace in Jesus,
Pastor John Gensmer
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