Study 15

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. John 15: 1-4

It is so easy to get pulled away from God. Our desire to be close to Him can be easily overrun by the demands of life. It takes hard work to keep Christ first in our lives. In John 15:1-4 we are taught that apart from God, we cannot accomplish anything. It may appear that we are making headway and getting things done, but nothing worthwhile is being achieved.

Spending time with God has so many rewards. The feeling of being close to your creator is one. Understanding new characteristics of Christ’s character or learning about His ways increases the depth and scope of our love for Him (and others!). It is easier to see what God is doing in the world around us when we are meditating on His goodness and faithfulness.

Mary and Martha are great examples in the Bible, of two women who had different values. Martha was busy with the details of daily life and interested in the here and now. Mary spent her time getting to know Jesus and listening to Him; she made Christ her priority. One was stressed and irritable and the other one was calm and trusting. Which one of the sisters are you right now? How do you know?

Matthew 6:33 promises us that if we make Christ our priority, God will take care of the details of our lives. In what ways can you spend time with God today and make Him your priority?

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