What are your 'sucker shoots'?

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.” John 15:1

What are the things in your life that seem to suck you dry?

Gardeners often find “sucker shoots” growing on plants; sucking nutrients away from the healthy branches on a vine, and creating knots of fibers where debris collects. A good gardener cuts away these shoots so that the branches can stay healthy and produce fruit.

Jesus explained that we are like branches and God is like a good gardener. He prunes away anything distracting or detrimental, cleaning us up so that we can produce the fruit of Christ-likeness (John 15:1-2). God wants us to depend on Christ alone for our sustenance. Jesus said, "Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me." (John 15:4)

Whatever takes your focus away from Jesus (even if it’s something that seems to be a good thing) will eventually suck you dry and often leave you wondering what happened. Don’t let ANYTHING become more important in your life than Jesus.

Because God is ever-present we never need to doubt that He is with us. However, there are many ways to know whether we are remaining in Him. John 15 identifies one sign to look for---obedience. Jesus said, "When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father's commandments and remain in His love." (John 15:10) Obedience out of love for Jesus, not legalism, fills us with the power and sustenance of His power and presence.

Your View of God Really Matters …

What is the one thing you must do today if you want to bear fruit tomorrow? How does Jesus' statement, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men," relate to John 15:4?

Read God’s Word Today…

John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in hem, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”

GOD, because You are everywhere, all the time, I know You are always with me.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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