Day 24: Authentic Community
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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.
Two profound truths emerge through Jesus’ imagery of the vine and the branches. The first is our grafting into the life of Jesus. The second is our grafting into the lives of one another. The vitality of Jesus flows through the entire plant, from one branch to another, sustaining life and promoting growth. That which feeds me, feeds you. The life that is yours is mine. In the truest sense, we share one life.
- In what ways does Jesus nourish others through your life? In what ways does Jesus nourish you through the lives of others?
- How have you seen God produce fruit for His glory through your connection with and reliance upon another believer?
- What will you do today to promote the health and welfare of those that God has placed in relationship with you?
Dear Jesus, I thank you that your life runs through me. I thank you for the life that I share with others in sharing life with you. Help me to promote the health of those around me by overflowing with the resources that you have shared with me. For Christ’s sake, Amen.