Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Abide in Me

For awhile now, I have been in pursuit of successfully obtaining the Fruits of the Spirit. I'm so stupid! If you know me, I'm sure you are quite aware that my goal has not been reached. What I have been coming to the realization of over the past few days is that these fruits aren't something we try to copy, mimic, or achieve. But, rather, these fruits flow abundantly from our lives if we abide in him.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will 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 a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. " - John 15:1-5

So, I think it's time to start focusing on abiding, not bearing fruit. It we abide, the second part comes naturally.




Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

Ahhhh, very good. I like it. So, are you still going to do the chart with Annalise and Sydney?

Joe Tessin said...

Great thought! I am so with you on this one. We work at the fruit and that's not what the Christ life is all about. We stay close and the fruit flows. Hey I have book suggestion for you. "Small footprint Big handprint; how to live simply and love extravagantly" by Tri Robinson. I think you might enjoy it. I have been reading it but Carey and I are starting to go through it together and applying it to our family. It goes well with a lot of the things you have been sharing. It was good to see you guys Sunday!

amanda said...

Your such a nice girl - maybe you can rub off on me -

love amanda