From Pastor Gary…
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)
As Christians we are united with Christ as a branch is united to the vine. We are united to Him by faith. The vine brings essential nourishment to the branches. We are nourished by God’s grace and love and forgiveness as we hear His word and receive His Sacrament. We have life only because we are connected to the vine.
As branches of the vine, we bear fruit. The fruit we bear is a God-pleasing life. Out of love for our Savior, we desire to live a life of obedience and service to God. We also life of love that creates a desire to care for others giving witness to our faith so people may “see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
May the Lord make us healthy branches, bearing fruit to the glory of God, and for the advancement of His kingdom.
Verse for today:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)