John 15 Devotional

As we continue on in this new year seeking to be faithful in those things to which God is calling us as a church, please join the Elders in prayer and fasting one day this week for the following three things:

Let us pray that we will faithfully abide in Christ (John 15:4a)
Let us pray that we will live in dependence on Christ (John 15:4b-5a)
Let us pray that we will bear much fruit through Christ (John 15:b)

John 15:4-5: “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.”

What does it mean to “faithfully abide in Christ?” In this context abiding (or remaining as some versions use) primarily means to hold fast to the teachings of Jesus, to not only be aware of them or have knowledge of them, but to obey them (John 15:10). The context of and motivation for our obedience is the relationship that we have with Christ and is born of God’s love for us and our love for Him.

In order to faithfully and fully abide in Christ, we must also be dependent upon Him to do so. The stronger our relationship with Christ, the greater our dependence upon Him. The greater our dependence upon Christ, the more faithful our obedience to Him. The more faithful our obedience to Christ, the stronger our relationship with Him…

As we live within this relational cycle of love, dependence, and obedience, the power and presence of Christ brings forth fruit in and through our lives. In fact, verse 5 of John 15 says that we will bear much fruit with the caveat that apart from Christ, we can do nothing; we are barren. Apart from the supernatural intervention of God through Christ in our lives, we are destined to fruitlessness.

This theme of barrenness apart from God is seen in the life of Sarah and Abraham. Sarah was unable to bear a child until God supernaturally intervened and she brought forth the son of promise, Isaac. Jacob’s wife, Rachel, was likewise unable to have a child until God intervened and she was able to have first Joseph and then Benjamin.

As you join us in prayer and fasting, you are joining us in abiding in Christ and living in dependence upon his power and provision. Our prayer is that all of Fellowship will grow in our faithfulness to Christ and to obedience to his high calling and mission. As we do so, our experience of Christ will be enriched even as the Kingdom of God is expanded.