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Our New Vineyard

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One hundred and eight. . That’s how many times God’s word refers to a “vineyard.” Of course a vineyard is all about fruit. So is the Christian life. Or more accurately, the Christian’s life. We all have our vineyards, places God has planted us to flower and produce. If you are like me, nowadays your vineyard looks a little (a lot?) different from what it did a few weeks ago. But…., it is still a vineyard, a place God has planted you for a purpose.

For some of us our new “vineyards” are disorienting, perhaps even frustrating. We’d like our old vineyards back, and sooner, not later please.

Let’s take a look at what Jesus says about our new vineyards.

We will bear fruit. (No matter where God plants us.)

· “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” John 15:5a

· “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” John 15:16

The power is not in or from us; it is in and from Jesus. (No matter where God plants us.)

· “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4.

Scripture: John 15:1-17

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Enjoy your new vineyards! May the fruit you produce be evident to you and to our community.

 

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