vineyard with house in backgroundJohn 15:5 is the basis of this ministry and the core of the Christian life. Jesus was referring to an intimate relationship with His followers.  He came to redeem us from our sinful nature through his shed blood on the cross, His resurrection and ascension. However, he did not want to become a check box called “get saved” on our list of things to do before we die. He had so much more in mind. Don’t miss what He has for you!

The very nature of a vine and branch is intimacy. There is no separation. The branch’s life is sustained by the power flowing out of the vine. Jesus said in verse 4, “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.” He is that vine. He is our vine, our life, and our redeemer. His Holy Spirit now lives in us which allows us to bear the fruit, fruit that will last too! I don’t know about you, but I want to know what I do will last.

Now what does that mean for you and me here today in 2014? Jesus was stating that in order for us to thrive as His followers, we need to stay abiding in Him. He was never meant to be kept at arms length for our comfort level. The Bible says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. You never have to fear Him not being there for you. He is an ever present help in time of need. He gave us a new hope that we can be totally changed by His life living in us. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!

Don’t miss Him. Don’t miss what He wants for you. Don’t get so busy that you don’t make time for Him. Start by asking Him, “how do you want me to know you better LORD?’ He will gladly to show you. If you did pray to know Him better, I would suggest that you start to journal or keep a notebook. As the years go by with Jesus, your journal will become a great treasure and gift to pass on to the next generation.

Your Abiding Branch Sister, Heidi