Hi, thanks for listening in to today's devotional from Our Daily Bread.
It was written by John Blaise and he titled it, We Need Jesus' Help. The day finally came, the day I realized my father wasn't indestructible. As a boy, I knew his strength and determination. But in my early adult years, he injured his back, and I realized that my father was mortal after all.
I stayed with my parents to help my dad to the bathroom, assisting him in dressing, even guiding a glass of water to his mouth. It was humbling to him. He made some initial attempts to accomplish small tasks, but admitted, I can't do anything without your help.
He eventually recovered to his strong self, but that experience taught both of us an important lesson. We need each other. And while we need each other, we need Jesus even more. In John 15, the imagery of the vine and the branches continues to be one we cling to. Yet, one of the other phrases, while comforting, can also strike at our self-reliance.
The thought that can easily creep into our minds is, I don't need help. Jesus is clear, apart from me, you can do nothing. Christ is talking about bearing fruit, like love, joy, peace, those core features of a disciple. To bear fruit is the life Jesus calls us to, and our total reliance on him yields a fruitful life, a life lived to the Father's glory.
Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is taken from the Gospel of John, chapter 15, verses one through eight. 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.
I am the vine. You are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers.
Such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. Let's pray. Father, we can do nothing apart from you. Help us to live daily in complete reliance on you, and may our lives reflect that dependence faithfully to those around us. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name that we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening. My name is Wes Ward, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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