John 15 5-8 from The Message
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Thinking on John 15:5 after COR Leadership Institute in 2012.
That’s not how she gave when someone first invited her to Sunday School.
That’s not how she gave the first day she read Noah.
That’s not how she gave when first she left for TeenServe.
That’s not how she gave when she first sang Christmas prelude.
The pre-work came.
And harvest day came.
God filled her and shaped her.
So too farmer Dooley fed the stock each day.
Each year on schedule he cultivated and rotated, repaired and pruned.
Farmer Dooley read each day. He planned.
He cared and nourished.
The farmer forefathers were disciplined and scheduled, and changeable too.
We know our mission.
We seek our mission.
We live our mission.
We connect each other, each place, filled with Jesus.
We know him.
We produce fresh fruits.
We do this that others may share relationship with Jesus.
We bear fruit each day.
Let us bear fruit even on the days when we see no fruit yet.
And let us still remember: His fruitfulness is unpredictable.
(c) Tom Bolton, Leahwood, Kansas, 12 October 2012