Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Knowing God - John 15:2

(from pastor)

Every branch in me
that does not bear fruit he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes,
that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:2
If we do NOT bear fruit, God prunes us.
If we DO bear fruit, God prunes us.
Guess what ... we're going to get pruned.
It hurts. But, if we're honest, it helps. We sometimes have to get rid of the good to latch onto the best. 
In the world, there's a lot that's good. But when we're too worldly, we fail to attach ourselves to the best ... and that's Jesus the vine. In him, we live and move and have our being ... and bear the true fruit that our lives desire.
In Christ's Love,
Edward Scissorhands
(a guy who'd generally rather hold the scissors
and than be pruned by them)
I am on the board of directors for a national organization.  One of our tasks is to read Good to Great.  It is a business oriented book but can apply to individuals.  One of the premises is to find one thing and be GREAT at it - versus being just good at many different things.  Maybe we need to make our goal to be GREAT in growing with Christ.  GREAT in obedience. GREAT in faith.  Instead of just being a good Christian...going through the motions. acting the part. 

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