Consider what it will be like…
September 18th, 2019
It starts with the smallest bit of faith. That faith that started it all was smaller than the smallest mustard seed. But yet, nourished, cultivated and pruned; it flourishes.
Sure, it seemed like a big deal to us then, and in reality, it was huge, but the Master told us that even greater things would be coming; that was just the start.
I hope that the time that has ensued since you gave your heart to Jesus has drawn you closer to Him and into an ever-deepening relationship with Him. I also pray that you’ve become comfortable in turning over control of your life to His Spirit. In addition to this, you feel the hope beyond the bound of this life, when you can bask in the unbounded joy that is to be in the very presence of the father.
To that end, one passage begs quoting…
I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple.
Psalms 27:4 (CSB)
This isn’t something that has to wait till we transition to the other side of the Jordan. The glorious thing about what Jesus has done for us is that it starts the second we surrender our lives to Him.
That faith, smaller than the smallest mustard seed quickly grows on the milk of the scripture and with the right discipleship and focus, soon you were nourishing yourselves on the meat of the scripture.
Perhaps it’s for that reason that you right now are reading this devotional blog; you desire to gain perspective and a deepening understanding of God’s Word and find yourself compelled to absorb whatever you can of the scripture.
The everlasting joy that we will be immersed in when we arrive at heaven’s gate, is planted along with your faith, and the two grow, side-by-side; ever larger, ever stronger. If we remain faithful, we also soon begin to see the fruit of God’s Spirit being produced.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.
Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB)
This fruit is something every believer should seek to develop in their lives. Just as reading the Word, prayer, and gathering with God’s people all serve to help us grow in Him, our obedience also is a strong element in our developmental progress.
In fact, Jesus himself links our ability to produce fruit to our spiritual health.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.”
John 15:1-4 (CSB)
Something I don’t believe most baby Christians understand when they first give their lives to Jesus, is that while Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross so that he could freely impart mercy on us through His Grace; that’s not where the core message of the Gospel ends.
It’s true beyond a shadow of a doubt Jesus died to save the lost; my life is a testament to that reality. But it shocks me that many believers have yet to come to the understanding that the reason why He desired we not perish but have everlasting life with Him, was exactly that!
He loves us. Has loved us since before He put time in place. It’s not even worth the effort to attempt to calculate how long ago that was because our puny little minds cannot fathom it.
So, when Jesus tells us in John that He is the true vine, and we are the branches getting nourishment off that vine, He’s saying that the way we did things in our past life is so over with. This relationship He presented to us, is so close that it defines symbiotic.
We have literally no hope of survival apart from Him. If you study the Greek text for this chapter, you come away understanding that these branches aren’t merely loosely hanging on the vine. These branches Jesus speaks of, the healthy ones bearing fruit, a tapped deep into the vine, in such a way that there is no way possible to separate them because of the grip that in play.
The only way one could possibly separate the healthy branches from the vine is to do so with a sharp implement and Jesus said…
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:28 (CSB)
Satan doesn’t have blade sharp enough, and our Lord and Master isn’t going to allow him the liberty of dislodging us from Him, we are His for evermore!
Jesus goes on in John…
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.
John 15:5-8 (CSB)
If we are in Him, we will produce fruit and a lot of it, but without him we are nothing. Remember we mentioned that early on here; outside of his strength and power maintaining us, we are nothing more than cannon fodder to the devil. The enemy can’t stand up to the Master, but without the Master, we are vulnerable and at risk.
So, when you read in Psalms of David’s desire to abide in the House of the Lord forever, don’t forget, that’s our desire too. And if we are ‘in the true vine’, we are truly “In The House” today, and we are staying forever!
In His Grace!