Did Jesus just say that even the branches that are “doing a good job” & bearing fruit will get pruned?!
So either way I’m getting cut?
How does that offer me any encouragement? Any comfort?
Because let's face it... Easter begins with a focus on DEATH. And death doesn't "sell" It's not as sexy as Santa and presents and holiday parties and "White Christmas".
So maybe we can breathe deeply, and being free of the distractions that a secularized distortion of a holy day brings, we can fully submerse ourselves in it. All it's drama. And ugly. And beauty. And mystery. And hope. (the bunny has NO power to compete with this!)
I’m not too keen on the idea of someone searching my life, rifling through my actions, words, thoughts and intentions. I’ll share what I want to share thank-you-very-much! Funny how in a Facebook saturated culture, we’re all about sharing… but really,… we’re all about sharing what we want others to see or think of us.
And that’s all.
... He is mysterious and big and wild and gentle and unpredictable and a bit revolutionary and there is so much that must have been confusing to the people who heard His voice.
Yet His purpose was to reveal.
This idea of the “true” vine has always felt like a little speed bump to me. If Jesus is making a point to identify that He is the “true” vine, then there’s a reason for this distinction.
How to live "present". It is to dwell. to remain. to stay in a place or position or state. It's about abiding.
But to abide must start with my thinking and beliefs.
Join me in a series of meditations on John 15:1-16 where jesus gives you and I a beautiful picture which holds the key to this kind of life.