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Present & Pleased Devotional DAY NINETEEN

I am not much on yard work. It feels to me like a necessary evil. I enjoy mowing the yard, but everything beyond that is a major chore. Pulling weeds, gardening, and landscaping are all things I would rather avoid. Personally, I am not the best at keeping plants and such alive. In order for some plants to keep living you have to cut them back and nurture them along the way. Producing healthy branches or fruit is the desired outcome, after all.

Jesus spoke on this very thing in John 15. He said, “I am the true grapevine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of Mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 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. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Jesus puts it simply but yet we struggle many times to remain in Him. The longer we go without being connected to Him, the less fruit we produce. The longer it’s been since we’ve prayed, read our Bible, connected with other Christians; the less fruit we produce.

Our church is in a defining season of newness and freshness. We need all people of this church remaining in Jesus and connected. This both helps us personally and collectively as a church. Find a way. Set a new priority. Remain in Jesus and produce great fruit.

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