“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit”

November, 2011.¬† That’s the last time I posted to this “blog.”¬† Six months of quiet inactivity.¬† Six months of silence.¬† Six months of sitting on my spiritual gifts, and finding reasons to do just about anything else but be with God in His word.

Six months of letting the Enemy win.  Of getting beat up, and beating myself up, and just generally slipping further and further away from were I should be. 

It stops today.  Today, I take up my cross, anew.  I will stumble, I will succeed and I will fail. I will do it imperfectly.  But, by the grace of God, I WILL DO IT. 

Looking at the book of John, Chapter 15, we see¬†a pretty clear and unequivocal declaration that it is not enough to just “get saved.”¬† Claiming to be a Christian is not enough. Professing the name of Christ is not enough.¬† Sitting in a church once a week is not enough.

It’s about your HEART.¬† It’s about following after God, hungering after His word, and wanting what HE wants more than what WE want.¬† About transforming what He wants INTO what we want.¬† It’s about fighting that fight every day.¬† Not waiting for tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week.

Or six months.

Jesus warns us that those “vines” which do not abide in Him, those which bear no fruit, will be cast away, destroyed in the fire, while those that DO bear fruit will be pruned and shaped to produce even more.¬† And this fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, is how we will be known as followers of Christ.

“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and¬†so prove to be My disciples.”¬† John 15:8

And so, I find myself asking, how much fruit am I bearing? Am I a lush, growing tree, bearing fruit, bringing shade and comfort and sustenance, or am I a dry, withered scrub bush with brittle branches and thorny brambles?

Am I trying to do things in my own strength and failing, or, abiding in Him, seeking after His will, and then shaping my efforts accordingly?¬†¬†Honestly? Lately, it’s been a lot more of the former, rather than the latter.¬† So today, that changes.

There’s an old, favorite Sunday School song, which declares, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…”¬† Well, with God’s help, guidance, and equipping, I hope to let my light shine a whole lot brighter than it has been of late.¬†

Sometimes the hardest thing about doing God’s work is just showing up at the job site.

Well, I’m done taking sick days.

~ Steve

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