John 15:5 (ESV)
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.
In the tapestry of our lives, the single thread of God’s love is interwoven into all things. When I am not focused on Him, the daily domestics of motherhood seem to frazzle this mama’s mind more that usual. The other bright threads that I give my attention to pulls my focus into several other directions with distractions, to-do lists, and running errands. When Jesus said this, He was talking to His apostles and reminding them of the message they were chosen to proclaim. He was hinting at His big debut as the Savior for He would be nailed to the cross to provide access to God’s throne and heaven. While that may be a bit deep for ya’ll it’s a reminder of why we are to abide in Him. When we abide in Christ, meaning, setting our eyes and hearts on things above, we position ourselves to hear what He has in store for us that day. It opens up the door for opportunity to parent our children on a lesson that He wants them to learn through sharing, loving others (a.k.a not biting our friends because they took a toy, or being thankful of what He has provided for us).
We bear fruit when we respond to the tugging in our spirits. It’s in the smallest of moments that He calls us, a simple smile, a hug, an extended hand on the road of life. We bear fruit of His goodness when we yield to His words, letting them take root in our hearts. How will you respond today?