Hi everyone! I have a great outfit today to show you. My floral top and pink jeans shout out that it is Spring time. I just wish the weather here where I live would act like it’s Spring too!
It has been a cold rainy May where I live. It is times like this I miss living in the South. I am determined to keep dressing like it is Spring. This pretty top is so comfortable to wear. I could not find the same pattern I’m wearing but did find cute alternatives. Pink jeans are very popular right now and would be a good investment for Spring and Summer. I just love my sandals. They are from Charleston Shoe Company. They make such cute and comfortable sandals. I discovered them when I visited Charleston which I highly recommend as a great place to vacation.
Please continue reading as I share about my faith in today’s devotional!
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I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15: 5-6
These verses in scripture always used to scare me. The funny thing is I have several decorative items in my house with the first verse written on them. They used to scare me, because I sometimes wondered if I am doing enough to win souls for Christ. Am I instrumental in bringing enough people to profess Christ as their Savior. Has anyone come to know Christ through me? Am I producing fruit or just a bare branch that will be thrown into the fire?
My first realization as to what these verses really mean was an understanding what is bearing fruit. While it is important to follow Jesus’ command to share his gift of salvation, bearing fruit also means bearing characteristics of a life changed by Christ. We bear fruit by living our lives as much as we can according to his direction in scripture. We bear fruit by showing love to others. We bear fruit by remaining in his strength and depending on him. We bear fruit by being an example to others of what a life changed by Christ looks like. Christ produces fruit in us when we stay connected to him through prayer. We bear fruit when we express our joy in Christ in any circumstance.
The second thing we must understand is much fruit does not equal how many people you have converted for Christ. If we do not see someone turn to Christ when we share the Gospel with them, it does not mean we are not bearing fruit. Besides, we are not the ones who win souls. Only Christ wins souls. We are simply his messengers. We should share our faith in Jesus with others, but only he can save them.
Now, I look at these verses as good reminders to not be afraid. I want to encourage you to bear much fruit by genuinely connecting with Christ, showing love, and joy. I want to encourage you to not be afraid to share your faith or use your spiritual gifts. I want to encourage you who may feel like no one has responded in a positive way when you have shared your faith in Christ to not be afraid. Our salvation depends on accepting his gift of forgiveness and remaining in him.