“Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches.” –John 15:4-5 (AMP)
Staying connected to Jesus the vine is not just for your benefit, but it is also for the benefit of others. We are surrounded by a certain group of people, were born into a specific family and we were planted in a distinct location to be the branches that bring influence. It is so tempting to want to steer away from the job God gave us because it doesn’t pay enough or to want to move because the town we live in isn’t as exciting as the pictures of a bigger city on our friend’s Instagram.
Often, we find ourselves hoping to get to the next chapter in our lives before it is time. We may not understand the full scope of what God is doing in this season, but let’s be encouraged by the fact that He has us where we are for a reason. Choosing to leave before God has given you the sign to do so will disconnect you from His purpose for where He has strategically placed you. We are meant to be the branches to the coworkers, classmates, friends, cities and schools we are planted in right now. He has a purpose for where we are and whom we are around. He wants to use us to bring that purpose to fruition in their lives.
Application For The Day:
Let’s not be so focused on where we want to go and forget to be a blessing right where we are. Remain in Him and seek His wisdom about how you are meant to serve Him and bear fruit in this season.
Prayer For The Day:
Dear God, please help me to stay firmly planted right where I am for as long as you have called me to be here. Help me to know how to be the blessing I am called to be in this place and to the people I am surrounded by. Help me to be hopeful for the future, but also joyful and content in this season. May I be the branch that brings people to Christ in this place, in Jesus’ name.