Hoist your Sail # 16
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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.”
John 15:4-5 ESV
We are finally seeing some much needed sunshine in the Pacific Northwest. Neighbors are coming out of their house, landscaping yards and pruning their flowers. This time of year always makes me think of the saying “bloom where you’re planted”.
There’s so much truth in that statement. Wherever God has you for the moment, plant roots, dig in, get involved. When I first moved here from Texas I had no intention of staying long term. But I still looked for opportunities for God to use the gifts He had given me. I knew He wanted me to invest in two things: a local church and Child Evangelism Fellowship, a nonprofit whose goal is to reach kids that would never step foot in church with the life-saving gospel message. Now, 13 years and two kids later, I’m so thankful that I decided to invest, to dig in and plant roots even though I did not think my time in Seattle would be this long. We never know the amount of time we’re going to be at any given place. My challenge for you is that you plant roots, dig in, invest your life in our church, your neighborhood and whatever else God has placed on your heart. Ask Him today what things will bear the most fruit for His Kingdom. Look at your life and your kids lives and ask the question, “What fruit do you see?” Ask the Holy Spirit where God is moving, hoist up your sail to catch the Spirit’s wind and allow it to guide you in that direction. You can wear yourself out trying to do things for the Lord or you can allow His Spirit to be the power that allows you to dig in, invest and plant roots. When you allow Him to blow in and through your life, you and others will begin to see fruit.
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
John 15:8 ESV
Last week: your kids heard the story from 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 -The church was divided.
Read ahead: James 2:1-13 -The church showed favoritism
Main point: James calls us to treat people with mercy because Jesus shows us mercy.
Memory verse: Galatians 2:20
Big picture question: Why does God want us to obey him? Obedience is our response to God‘s love for us.
- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission