Ezekiel 43-45; Psalm 135; John 15

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5

Recently, I have found myself doing a lot of things without abiding in God. I have gotten used to my routine at school and going through my daily to-do lists without seeking God in each of my tasks. This verse states that we can do nothing without God. Let the weight of that sink in. There are many times that I get to the end of the day and realize that I forgot to pray, I forgot to abide, and I forgot that I can do nothing without God. I go through days relying on my own strength and striving to be enough as a student, friend, and Christian. I fall into the pattern of trying to please God rather than abiding in Him and asking Him to transform me.

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” 

John 15:8-10

While this chapter frees us from striving, it still calls us to obedience with the goal of glorifying God. Our love for God and our discipleship is reflected in our obedience in fruit-bearing but again apart from God, we can do nothing. I often separate abiding and obedience in my mind because they feel like contradicting terms; however, it is through abiding that I am able to obey and it is through obedience that I abide in God’s love.

Dear God,

Sorry for the days I forget my need for you. I am sorry that I forget your grace and strive to earn your love and to deserve righteousness. I am sorry for the times that I get caught up in the anxiety of all I have to do and forget to rest in your love. Thank you for being the source of my strength, righteousness, and worth. Thank you that I can run to you in the busyness and abide in your love. Thank you that your love is not based on my achievements but on Jesus’ death on the cross. Please help me to abide in you and to rely on you daily. Please help me not to forget the call to obey.

~ Faith

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