Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 258

  1. “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit” (John 15:2).

Amidst the individualistic priority of the western world, it actually is possible to be attached to the Vine and bear no fruit. When we think of Jesus primarily as a personal spiritual trainer or that He has entered our lives in order to manage a new flow of blessings our way, we fully compromise His plans for us and risk the pruning this verse suggests. Such a mindset begs the question, if we live a self-focused Christian life, did we ever really know who Jesus is?” Return to the Gospels and you’ll see clearly that personal blessing might have been on the disciples’ minds, but there’s little evidence that they saw much of that before settling into their places in Heaven. Jesus didn’t come to write a bestselling self-help book with His three decades of life. He came that we might find the life that wasn’t already on the path we were chasing.

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